In your experiment, do you move ALL your tee shots back (including those that are in the fairway), or just the tee shots that end up in the rough?
Originally Posted by Pretzel
Alright, I have an experiment for you. On your next round out, take every drive you hit and move it back two to three clubs before hitting your approach shot, but move it into the center of the fairway each time. I guarantee that you will shoot a higher score than if you hit the ball from the rough with a shot two to three clubs shorter. Having a shorter club into the green (such as a pitching wedge) versus a longer club into the green (such as your 7-iron), even with a better lie, makes a MASSIVE difference. If you don't believe me, go do that experiment I told you to do and you'll realize what I mean.
I agree that I would much rather have a PW in rather than a 7i, but there is an advantage to being on the fairway at a lot of courses. It seems the pros get it closer from 150-175 yards from the fairway than they do from 125-150 yards from the rough. Same with other comparisons in the 100-200 yard range. For a PGA pro, being on the fairway compared to the rough seems to be worth 30 yards or more. Of course, there are a number of differences between the courses the pros play and what most of us play on an everyday basis, so while it can be useful to use PGA Tour data as a yard stick, there may be some differences as it applies to most amateurs.
To the OP- what is the biggest difference between your game and the games of those that you have played with that are better than you? Distance off the tee, accuracy, consistency, short game, course management, putting??? If you haven't played with many scratch and + cappers, you should try to do so.