I wanted to share a result from using the strategy of "advancing the ball as much as possible" that happened today.
The last hole of the 9 hole course I play is a 300 yard par 4 (yes, I hit from the geriatric middle tees). Besides hitting over a marsh from the tee, there's nothing particularly tricky about the hole. It's a straight but narrow fairway. If you miss it, you're in the creek on the left or woods on the right...very little margin of error and little to no chance for recovery with a hook or slice.
I'm not a very long hitter - average driver around 220, average 3 wood a bit over 200 off the tee. For the last 2 years, I've been using a 3 wood instead of the driver for this hole. I did this because I thought it was smart golf use a "safer" club even if you leave yourself with a longer approach.
Today, I decide to change it up. My 3 wood hasn't been real dependable this year anyway and I've been reading and re-reading LSW. I had made the decision to start going a bit more for the distance. The first time on hole 9 I hit the driver straight - maybe a tiny draw but for the most part right down the middle with a good roll. I leave myself 50 yards, using a pitching wedge for a bump and run (I think that's the term) I get close to the flag but I end up 3 putting. It sucks that I wasted an opportunity for par but I'll take a bogie. I didn't add my score for the first 9 but I know it's not bad.
I'm playing the 2nd time through and I know I'm on pace to have a good round. I get to hole 9 again and the thought runs through my head to play it safe even if it means another bogie. But I can't. I pull out the driver and hit another one right down the middle this time leaving myself a little over 60 yards. Playing the same half swing with the PW, the ball hits the fw just in front the of the green and rolls to within 10 ft of the flag. I 2-putt for par. Walk to the car, put my stuff away and add up my score. I beat my all-time best by 1 stroke. Probably wouldn't have happened had I played it safe.
Maybe this was an anomaly and 8 out of 10 times it doesn't work out. But I guarantee I will never leave myself a 60 yard or less approach shot on this hole by teeing off with a 3 wood or safer club.