Originally Posted by PJCdude
Congrats dude. I'm around the same level as you and am curious where you are losing your shots. No penalties and 34 putts for our level is pretty darn good. Are you having some mishits or purposely playing conservative to eliminate OOB? I'm not trying to be critical but am wondering because I just recently broke 100 (98) and what helped me break through was trusting my driver and having the luxury of being on a pretty open course. If it is mishits, then that will definitely work itself out. Again, not being critical, just wondering because if I hit "only" 34 putts and get no penalties I'm probably breaking 100. However, the no penalties never happens.
Thanks PJCdude. Good to hear from others that are around the same level.
As far as the penalties, I don’t think that is the sole criteria. Sure, if you have too many it will cost you, but in general if you are hitting decent drives (straight or left/right of fairway) and decent approach shots (without too many mishits) then you can recover from the penalties.
As far as the putting, mid-30s is typical for me. Just to be clear, I am not counting putts that I make off the 1st cut of the green or beyond. The count only includes all putts once I am on the green. I lump everything else into the count measuring “strokes to the green”.
So I played again today and shot 106. 35 putts. 1 penalty. I got off to a very bad start. Triple bogey on opening par-4 hole followed by a 10 on the par-5 2nd hole (lots of mishits). Then I had my penalty on the drive for the par-4 3rd hole (hit it out of bounds) leading to another triple bogey on the 3rd. It was as though I forgot how to hit a golf ball with my shots spraying all over the place. After that I settled down though and started to play better. Front-9 was 56. Back-9 was 50.