This. or, at least courses that I'm not super familiar with.
also, are you guys thinking about more detailed things such as:
slope of the green - potentially opting to give yourself longer straighter putts rather than close putts with more undulation. an example of when this could be a choice is when, say, the pin is front left, but tucked behind a bunker and the green is tiered a bit in back. so your choices (while avoiding that short side bunker), are hit back middle left, which is safe and will yield a closer, more undulating putt. or, go front right, which yields a longer flatter putt.
that's just one example, but there are many things like this. sometimes a chip from fairway running up to the green might be easier than many putts, is another example.
are these types of things anyone is paying attention to? or is it a bit over overthinking to try and consider too much?
I forgot all about this one until someone mentioned it in another thread. It dawned on me to check on a round from last weekend—my best ever to date. My only 6 was a bogey on the 18th hole. Also missed breaking 80 because of the same bogey.
I’ve noticed that the college kids usually wear earbuds and listen to music on the range and putting green. On the course they play music through portable speakers, sometimes too loudly. I wear airbuds and listen to music when cycling out on the local bike trail, but never considered doing it while golfing. Might make a playlist of tunes that match up with my desired swing tempo and give it a try. Old dog, new tricks and all that ...