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Why is getting the four major facets of the game working at the same time hard?

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onthehunt526

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The first sentence in Lowest Score Wins is "Golf is hard"

I agree with that statement 100%.

In my opinion, Golf breaks down to four major facets. Driving, approaches, chipping, and putting. I have had rounds where I have had one going. Usually when that is the case it is putting. There have been rounds I have been able to put two facets together. I've had a handful of rounds where I have three facets going... Why can some days can I get three facets going and the fourth one just takes the day off. Usually on those days the putter or my chipping will take the day off... Those are my rounds of 75 or 76.

I had a round 2 years ago where I hit 10 greens in regulation, had 5 near greens in regulation and shot 85. Why because I chipped bad and didn't make one birdie putt, worse yet I three putter three times including a green in regulation. 

i have also had a 76 hitting just 6 greens in regulation, but had an additional 10 near greens in very safe places so I was able to get up and down a lot with simple chip and run motions.

In my opinion if I could ever get all four facets together for one magical afternoon, I could shoot around par. But I think that might be a long way off. I would be happy with 10 greens and the rest near greens. Gain maybe 1 stroke putting, and get 5 or 6 scrambling pars. But I'm along way from that.

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I don't think even the professionals get all 4 facets working well at the same time during a round. They might have one, maybe two, but never all 4. Even the ones they do have going for them might only be for a few holes for a round. Amateurs, for the most part, are not professionals. If the pros can't do it for 18 holes, the amateur is much less likely to be able to do it.  

I also believe the pros when they say they only hit a few shots as planned during a round. That they play well because they can limit the punishment their bad shots cause them. They miss a fairway, they are probably just a few feet a way. I miss a fairway, I might be in the next county. 

I have always thought that playing my average round of golf, with a few nice, stroke saving putts/chips thrown in, will get me below 80. 

No, trying to have all 4 of those facets of the game going well at the same time is just not a realistic possibility for 18 holes.

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I guess I kind of exaggerated a bit on having all four major facets perfect at the same time... I more or less meant that I'd like to have a round where I'm not "losing" strokes in the four major facets. That's more or less what I meant. 

So I guess I didn't get what my point was across properly. What I meant more or less is I never can get to the point where I don't lose unnecessary strokes in all four. 

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12 hours ago, onthehunt526 said:

I guess I kind of exaggerated a bit on having all four major facets perfect at the same time... I more or less meant that I'd like to have a round where I'm not "losing" strokes in the four major facets. That's more or less what I meant. 

So I guess I didn't get what my point was across properly. What I meant more or less is I never can get to the point where I don't lose unnecessary strokes in all four. 

How do you define "losing strokes"?

What do you mean by "off" and I suppose "on"? Most people have a different idea what that means?

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31 minutes ago, Lihu said:

How do you define "losing strokes"?

What do you mean by "off" and I suppose "on"? Most people have a different idea what that means?

I understand you aren't going to hit the ball perfect everytime. You won't make every twelve foot putt. You won't get every greenside shot up and down. You aren't going to hit every green. 

What I meant is I'd like to have a strokes gained/lost of a net 0. Just one time. That's what I meant.

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19 minutes ago, onthehunt526 said:

I understand you aren't going to hit the ball perfect everytime. You won't make every twelve foot putt. You won't get every greenside shot up and down. You aren't going to hit every green. 

What I meant is I'd like to have a strokes gained/lost of a net 0. Just one time. That's what I meant.

I see.

Remember that it's winter right now, and things always look pretty bleak. I wouldn't expect any really good rounds until summer.

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