First I enjoy playing when there is something on the line, that sliding 3.5 footer or where you need to get up and down strengthens your game.
For those of you that do not like to bet or want a fun competitve game. We usually play with a group of guys ranging in handicap that is within5-7 of each other. We play agame called "perfect" the idea is to get a perfect hole. A perfect par 4 hole consists of ball in the fairway ( not rough or first cut), the 2nd shot on the green,, must be entirely on the green not touching the fringe and a two putt for par or better. A perfect par 3 is n the green in 1 and par or better for score. par 5= first shot fairway, 2nd shot fairway or green, 3 shot is on the green and no more that 2 putts for par of better. An variation of a perfect hole counts as nothing.
In ordered to complete a Perfect hole you must put out everything!!
This game sharpens your skills and yet when you play with players that have handicaps all close to each other, very little difference between the amount of
" perfects " at the end of 18. I would have to say the lowest handicap doesn't win, they usually have better touch around the green that has their handicap lower in the first place.
You would be surprised how few pars are made when all the criteria is met. Guys that are typically spraying drives suddenly must beare down and hit it straighter. Club selection on the second shot becomes important as well as the shot itself and as usual pressure is now on putting to complete the " Perfect" hole. !
BTW our group plays for the usual $100 to the winner but its not perfect, because everyone agrees not to pay.