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Give or Take 2-3 Degrees

iacas

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There's a reason @david_wedzik and I trademarked the phrase "Golf is Hard"®.

https://thesandtrap.com/b/the_numbers_game/angles_of_error

Here's a par three that is often a 7- or 8-iron (but can be a 6-iron). A driver on a par five. And another par three that plays from 190-220 yards.

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In all three cases, you have about +/- 2 or 3° in which to hit your shot, or else we deem the shot "a failure."

Set your expectations properly, and give yourselves the credit you deserve when you DO hit a fairway or a green. It's phenomenally difficult!



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It never ceases to amaze me that a “good” ballstriking day and a “bad” one could just be a few degrees of clubface angle.

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This assumes a dead straight shot. Agreeing with you here @iacas that it is even harder than it looks if you're accounting for a golf shot not being dead straight (like they are), plus wind. Amazing.

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The putting, the short game, and the 300+ yard drives that the pros hit are impressive. But the ability to hit a green from 230 yards is, to me,  the most impressive skill they have. I realize they don't show all the misses on TV, but those guys seem so good at hitting targets.

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Set your expectations properly, and give yourselves the credit you deserve when you DO hit a fairway or a green. It's phenomenally difficult!

It's very easy to forget this and to become fixated on why we can't do it every time.

 
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I was fortunate enough to play with three accurate players this week, one of whom was @tlazzol (sorry Terry, but yesterday's round was impressive to watch).

I'll get lucky and hit a green now and then. For these guys - and I assume every other good player - hitting greens with irons and fairways with a driver is just how they play the game.

I don't get many opportunities to play with good players. I'll can almost count on one hand the rounds I've played where watching someone else's shots just left me shaking my head in amazement, and two of them occurred this week.

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And all this time, I thought it was just my lack of skill....

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joking, it is! 😁

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