Originally Posted by tmac20
I think this should be modified. 10 handicaps and lower should aim at the flag from their PW yardage and in (from the fairway). If you're a single digit cap and can't attack flags with a wedge then you must have amazing short game.
What loft pitching wedges apply? Surely someone with a 42 degree will have a longer distance than a 50 degree. Is that still a good idea? Is that stock yardage or maximum yardage? And what about the first cut? And surely you don't mean attack every flag from that yardage? What if it's sitting against a bunker a yard from the cup? And for that matter, what about greens where you can spin back off of them?
Sure you can get to single digits without a great short game but without attacking flags. Keep it in play off the tee, hit half of greens in regulation and don't 3 putt. Voila, single digits. Just always aim at the center of the green when you need to get up and down so you minimize your risk to bogey. Maybe you won't get many birdies but that's not the only way to go lower. And hell, attack the flags on par 5s if you want or reach them in 2 if you want birdies, or make long putts more often. I could see very good golf being played without attacking pins from a distance.
The entire point of this maxim is that it's slightly stupid to hit into any flag from anywhere unless it happens to be on the safest spot. I think all the yardages given are probably secondary to this point.
http://www.pgatour.com/stats/stat.361.html#2013 125 yards and in is less than a PW for most of the tour guys, and they're thrilled to get over 20% of birdies. And they still have about the same chance to miss the green from that range as they do to make a birdie. The tour guys miss a lot less greens and make a lot more birdies than us, so is it worthwhile when you're MORE likely to miss the green than get a birdie?