Originally Posted by gophinmedic
But your quoting pga tour statistics, not mid and high handicap statistics. of course a PGA tour pro can get up and down from a bunker 50-70% of the time, but for a 20 handicap, that percentage goes down considerably. Up and down from the rough off the green for a touring pro is 60-70%, a 20 handicap is going to duff and sting that percentage. For a lower-mid handicap, abosolutely, go in two, but high handicap players don't practice short game near enough, hence the high handicap. But I bet they are better from 50-100 yards in the fairway because they hit more of these shots at the range. Now if a 20 or 30 handicap has spent a lot of time in the short game area, sure, they could probabaly get up and down 40-50% of the time, but if their still a high handicap then they probably aren't driving very accurately and their probably struggling with irons and especially woods. My point is, if you have to pull out that 3 wood that you aren't very comfortable hitting, your more times than not going to playing from the woods on the right and left or dunking it in the water. If instead you can pull out the utility club or a 6 iron and give yourself a shot from the fairway, you should probably be doing this. As far as aiming small and missing small, when I have my .308 in my hands, that probably a good choice. But from a long distance on the putting green, its easier to putt comfortably to a larger target. This frees up the arms and hands, lets the shoulders rock, and gives people the ability to let it roll. I look at putting like shooting a bow, not a gun. With my bow, I allow the sight to figure 8 over the target an let it release when im comfortable. If I could put my putter in a bipod and put a laser on the front, I could aim small and miss small. But Im holding a putter in my two arms, that aren't pieces of machinery, that are going to have some sway and give. Trying to be too fine puts too much stress on the fingers and hands and dosent allow the body to control the stroke. Please consider that the OP is talking about advice for mid and high handicap players who could lower their scores by changing a few course management ideas. Not overall advice for the avid, low handicap golfer.
Yea but you were quoting what Zach Johnson did. So you bridged the link first (Drops the mic)
Actually High Handicappers don't practice their long game near enough. Since the long game is the most important. Still amateurs have a better chance of getting up and down when they are closer to the green. I have no problem with an amateur hitting a hybrid over a wood if they know they can advance that club the farthest a good percentage of the time. I mean if they can get a good strike 80% of the time with a hybrid, and only 50% of the time with a 3-wood. Yea it isn't bad to sacrifice 15-20 yards. Especially if that 50% might be a chunk or duff. A player SHOULD NOT lay up on a par 5 when they HAVE the option to advance it as far as possible given their ability.
As for putting, nah, "Aim small Miss small" period. No discussion on that one. Here's the thing, you are going to have error on every putt right? Lets say you are good for +/- 12 inches on putting distance. Now you throw in an additional +/- 3 feet. Now your at +/- 4 feet. That is a lot scarier distance than tap ins. But if the person just tries to make the putt, then they might still get in to that 3 foot circle more often than not.
Here's the thing, why teach a high handicap player something that a good player doesn't do? Does that makes sense. Do you just give tips for one and not the other. How are they suppose to improve that way? Just saying it sound strange to say, "Oh your a high handicapper do it this way because you are terrible". I rather teach someone a good way of doing something, something done by a lot of good golfers, and maybe they will struggle with it, but they will improve.
So I just don't get the point of why someone should aim for a larger target when the target is what it is. Heck, when I am hitting a long putt, I read it the same as any other putt. I am trying to get the speed on that putt to be 6 inches past the hole. How can you learn feel from long putts if your saying it is OK to miss it by as much as 3 feet?