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Do You Seek to Learn From Your Rounds?

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2 hours ago, Bucki1968 said:

I actually classify my rounds as practice rounds and playing rounds. Practice rounds I will routinely try to hit some different shots (big cuts around trees/bunkers, low punch shots etc). Playing rounds I'm trying to score. 

Ditto.  When playing a round to score you should hit the shots that work best for you. Go out by yourself for a practice round and work on the shots you want to develop.

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4 hours ago, David in FL said:

 The purpose of this game is to shoot the lowest score, not to hit the coolest shots.

I should tattoo this on the back of my hand, to remind me of this mid-round.

Thanks, David.

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At this moment, score isn´t that important. So every round i go out i work on new ideas to improve my swing.
"Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results"

Sometimes i shoot around 80 and sometimes like this last weekend i shot around 70. 
It doesn´t matter as long as i can drive home knowing that i tested a lot of new ideas.  

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I think I get what OP is talking about.

At the start of the year I bought a driver and have been using it on the course. At the start it was wild and I didn't know how to control my misses, so the club made me somewhat nervous when pulled. Back then, it would have often been a good idea to lay up with a shorter club, as it removed the possibility of a big number on the scorecard, and so naievely that would be the 'better shot'. 

But if I had always done that then I would never have overcome the fear of hitting driver on tight holes, and I wouln't have figured out how to bias my misses. Now my scoring is much better because of the extra length, and I feel comfortable hitting driver at every opportunity. In the short term I paid the cost of higher scores and more stressful golf for the payoff of reaching a higher ceiling. 

I think this applies to flop shots, tight lie chips, and generally playing more aggressively. Yes you can practice off the course, but until you start actually trying to play them in the context of the round you'll never have them as part of your game, and you will be limiting your long term potential. 

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Last year I finally started letting my game come to me. I started getting 43 for 9 holes. I can't practice much due to injuries. 

So here's what I learned about my game: I got to the course about 30 minutes before tee time and spent 15 minutes lag putting and 5 minutes swinging my orange whip warming up and stretching my muscles. I didn't hit a small bucket on the range like some people did. 

First two holes: I'll hit a 4 or 5 iron off the tee. I'm just feeling out the course and seeing where my swing is for the day. I know distance is king, but being on the short grass beats being out of bounds or a duck hook. Remember, I'm still warming up. My goal is to keep the ball in play. What usually happens is a par on 1, and a par on 2 - chances for birdie on both holes. So, you can't fault the strategy, can you? The course gets longer and more difficult afterward. Still I've used this on other courses with similar success.

No more hero shots. If I'm in trouble I'll try to advance the ball if possible, but I'll take my medicine if I have to. I will not try to thread the needle. When given the choice a 3/4 7i or a hard 8 iron, I will take the hard 8 iron every time. I'm just more accurate and more reliable with that type of shot. And do not give power to a bad shot. If I hit a bad shot after hitting 4 good ones, remember that I hit 4 good ones prior to that. Everyone makes bad shots. Everyone get double bogeys. Everyone.

 

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