Originally Posted by mdl
My point is, if you play it as a three shot hole, a mishit on any one of those three shots and you're looking at double or worse.
I know what you are advocating. But the communication lines are twisted. I'll try below: But note that this is thread that says - get from high 80's to low 80's, so I'd be advocating the 'lay up' for someone at this level - or equivalent at targetting and ball striking. I like that 7's and 8's and 9's are arguing about best strategy for essentially an 18 hcp
- mid 90's+ scoring type - Beginner - Go ahead and go for it in 2. I'll miss the third shot just as bad but be left with a similar shot - so why not be scrambling from a similar miss but with one less stroke.....sometimes I get lucky (typically - 2nd long shot ends up in the bushes to the right. HOWEVER, if I happen to lay up well, my third iron approach ends up in those bushes anyway. Plus, I might shank the layup attempt in the first place)
- shooting in the mid 80's - Intermediate - Lay up for an easier 3rd approach shot - I'm a LOT better with a couple short irons/wedges in my hand than I am with that fairway wood - it's worth the extra shot for the benefit. wuss
- low 80's and better - Decent player - I have no issue to go for the green in 2, but if there are a lot of hazards around the green, laying up is a great option to think about
- really good player - How do I feel today? am I lasering that long shot? (Or, I NAILED that drive, now I have an iron or better, even on two)
and then there's always the one consideration - I Have to lay up so I can take a full swing on my 3rd shot to get enough spin. If I hit my 3w on, or if I'm stuck with a half swing on approach, then I'm screwed and will not hold the green.
I play in the high 70's to mid 80's, and I remember the risk reward tradeoff you are discussing. Plus I was eagle hunting and prone to more risks. If I connected on my fairway woods but missed, I could still make par. If I lay up, I would likely chunk my 3rd shot. Going for it was the better choice, and a lot less stressful. But I also played on pretty wide open courses.
lately? - if it's open, I go for it now. But if the range is just outside of a good club or the fairway is too tight, or there's trouble too close to the green? I try to lay up to 100/110. Both options have been working pretty nicely.
Edited by rehmwa - 4/30/14 at 2:44pm