Originally Posted by golfguypriusguy
You are going to improve just as fast as you would aiming for the center and you will have more fun a long the way doing so. In fact I think you will improve faster by going for the flag anyways because it is a much more precise target and requires much more concentration and precision.
Yeah I wanted to take up boxing so I decided to debut by fighting Manny Pacquiao because I wanted to improve fast. Then I entered in a marathon to get better at running, and jumped off Niagara falls to learn how to swim. I've never caught a 95mph fastball or gotten hit by an NFL linebacker before either but the only way to learn those skills is obviously to do it spontaneously by the sink or swim method. I don't care if I break all my ribs or get beaned in the face, because risk is the only way to learn.
^That was sarcasm by the way. I put a lot of stock in the idea that your swing and your misses are fairly consistent even for bad golfers, and that your 18 hole scores won't usually fluctuate wildly because your game and your swing are what they are. Maybe that means you can get lucky and hit a good shot, but the idea that making par is a bad thing is absurd, especially for handicap golfers. It's not as though you can't make birdie from anywhere on the green. The reason we aren't scratch isn't because of not making enough birdies. Yes it's a great feeling to make one or to hit a great recovery shot or whatever, but you don't improve by shooting at the flag. The data shows that aiming for the center of the green lowers your average score, which means you improve by doing so. Even in match play making pars will put most opponents in a bind sooner or later.
You are not Neo. This is not the matrix. You can't get better by some magical realization between the top of your backswing and impact. At best you can aim at a spot where your average shot will get you a decent score. Any target can be precise, even if it's a conservative one.