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What I Learned From 9 Holes With a Much Better Player


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Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the read.

Playing your own game is important.  Many years ago, there was a woman at my home club who would play from the blue tees, hit her drives about 230, and would shoot in the high 70s/low 80s.  It was fun being paired with her because... well, playing with good players is always fun, but I also enjoyed watching men who couldn't handle being outdriven by her try to hit the ball further, mostly unsuccessfully.  I knew I couldn't compete with her for distance (and I don't think I was ever competing against her anyway), but that really helped. 

As for the safe shot vs correct shot, I think the driver is the right club a lot more often than many think it is.  Fairways hit are overrated in most golfers' minds and distance from the tee is underrated as a contributor to scoring.  

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21 minutes ago, Shindig said:

As for the safe shot vs correct shot, I think the driver is the right club a lot more often than many think it is.  Fairways hit are overrated in most golfers' minds and distance from the tee is underrated as a contributor to scoring.  

Yeah. 100% agree.

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1 hour ago, Shindig said:

As for the safe shot vs correct shot, I think the driver is the right club a lot more often than many think it is

I think this applies to more then just the driver.  A couple years back one of the better players on my league told me to stop always playing the safe shot.  I had always believed "1 Bad shot does not need to lead to 2 bad shots" and would almost always take the easiest way out of trouble back into the fairway, even if that meant hitting the ball side-ways and not advancing at all.  Truth was, I was so afraid to risk a 2nd bad shot I was lever taking a chance.  Understand, I am not talking about "trying to hit a draw around a tree then through a needle and over a bunker type risk" but if there is a reasonable chance to advance the ball that is what I will do.  Sometimes it backfires, but not always.

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I feel like if I could control my driver, or at least knew which direction it will start and curve, I could be 5 strokes better. I have more confidence in a Tokyo Olympics condom than I do my driver....

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I agree with almost everything you said except that good players stick it close pretty often. They don’t. They do hit greens and have tighter dispersion, but they aren’t sticking it to 8’ very often. Or 12’. Or even 18’.

It can be easier to stick it close when you have a ton of wedges and soft greens though, too. But it’s still kinda rare.

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On 6/18/2021 at 1:24 PM, iacas said:

I agree with almost everything you said except that good players stick it close pretty often. They don’t. They do hit greens and have tighter dispersion, but they aren’t sticking it to 8’ very often. Or 12’. Or even 18’.

It can be easier to stick it close when you have a ton of wedges and soft greens though, too. But it’s still kinda rare.

I had studied the numbers a lot a while ago and  do know most of us (including me) definitely think they get closer than they do more often. And there is no doubt this was a great day for Taylor. I don't think he missed a green on the second shot except once. That is not a typical day. And close is a very unspecific term I should know better than to use. All relative. Close for me is anywhere on the green, sadly and that is what I need to work on.

Same with putting...I love watching guys who routinely ship it 5' past the hole from 10' out get upset because "I should have made that. Practically a gimme"...uh, no it wasn't...statistically, it isn't a gimme for the best players in the world, that guy it is a low percentage attempt. Intellectually i know that but do sometimes forget it in the moment.

 

At the same time, I definitely need to work on my approaches. Per Strokes gained, they are my weakest area...just not accurate from there at a level that matches the rest of my game. Putting, despite declining, is the strongest at -.02, approaches at -.45. Seems like low-hanging fruit lol. I have no illusions I will stick it tour close but would be nice to find the green from 150 and in instead of my current average of 3.6/round. Seems...bad. But I like checking in to see where I need to put the 65% time. 

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Thing is TV shows the good shots, the putts being made so we all think they hit everything close and make every putt.

Go look up PGA tour proximity to the hole... you’d be surprised it’s not close like you see.

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