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Which is easier... Big Greens or Small Greens?

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  1. 1. Which is easiest?

    • Big Greens -- let my putter do the talking!
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    • Small Greens -- I don't want to try a 100ft putt.
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    • No difference -- I hit too close to the pin... I'm that good.
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Just wondering what you think is an easier course setup.

Most of my local courses have smaller greens. I golfed a little while ago back home where i grew up and the course there had massive greens!

Sometimes I'm amazed by how big the greens on the pro courses look... then again it's TV and who knows how well I can tell size.

I guess one would make GIR easier but could put more pressure on the putter... while the other makes GIR difficult but can maybe be easier for the putter.

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Im pretty good with my wedge around the green so Im going to go with small greens. I would rather bump an 8 iron, or hit a wedge to the pin and attempt an 8 foot or less putt, than attempt a 40' putt that breaks 4 times.

This is all void if theres tons of traps, which im not that great out of.

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it's a mental thing. Small greens get me focusing more on my shots and planning them out better. When I see a whopping sized green, I tend to just hit to it and forget about the rest and let the forgiveness of the size take over. Bad habit but that's how it goes.

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it's a mental thing. Small greens get me focusing more on my shots and planning them out better. When I see a whopping sized green, I tend to just hit to it and forget about the rest and let the forgiveness of the size take over. Bad habit but that's how it goes.

I can relate....same issues here.

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I went for big greens. My biggest problem with small greens is that you could hit a shot that is 15 feet from the flag (a makeable putt), but you can't putt it because you are 5 feet off the green. I have a great short game from off the green, but anyone will make more with the putter than a sand wedge. Granted, I am not a big fan of a 60 foot putt, that is something I would rather chip. But I will take it, if my closer putts are on the green. Plus, small greens are typically slower than big greens for various reasons and I think fast greens are much easier to putt on.

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Small greens, I grew playing on sand greens, all about the same size all uniformly round. If you hit the middle of the green you had a 10-15 foot putt, max. They converted the sand greens to grass greens but kept the size and shape, so hit for the middle and you always had a makeable putt.

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It doesnt particuarlly matter to me how big or small the green is. No matter the size of it, my target zone is only about 3 or 4 yard circle. If i cant see my landing zone, im picking a target in the distance behind the green along the line i want my ball to fly.

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I'm going to go with small greens. I agree with the sentiment that you focus better on smaller targets. And I would rather chip from around the green than putt anything over 40 feet. The greens I play on aren't that fast which makes for a big stroke if you're far away.

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My home course (Champions GC in Houston) has some of the biggest greens of any course. One of the greens (#7 on Cypress) is about 75 yards deep. From the same lie, you cna have a wedge or a 5 iron into the green depending on the pin location.

Having grown up playing there, I tend to think bigger greens are easier for several reasons:

1) It takes a lot of pressure off of your approach shots in that you don't have to be quite as accurate.
2) Usually there is a large "safe" area to shoot at on the green where there a slight push/pull won't result in ending up in a bunker or off the green. In other words, you can much more easily play "safe" golf and aren't forced to hit perfect shots.
3) Hitting more GIR helps build up your confidence, and that will translate to the rest of your game.

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Big greens are easier. I'm just about always better off on the green than off. Now if I'm just off the fringe and the cup is cut 10' away from me, then yes that's probably better than a 75' putt, but by and large I'd rather be on the green with a putter in my hand than off with a wedge trying to get up and down.

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i perfer smaller greens- the smaller greens in my area tend to have less slope than the bigger greens. plus, a smaller green makes me think about my shot, and all the other factors in the shot such as club selection, wind, lie, pin placement etc.

Smaller greens are more demanding; which i find to be more rewarding.

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I am use to small greens but I can image you greens on regulation stats would improve but you putts per round could go up if you 3 putt those huge greens.

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For me, definitely smaller greens. I would rather have a 20 foot chip than a 60 foot putt any day of the week.

Seconded for me. I am a bad putter, but putting after GIR goes into the realm of terrible. Chipping has been my strong point the last 4-5 rounds I've played so I have a lot more confidence doing that.

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small green have to be a little easier. If you miss the green, a chip from 40 feet is a lot easier than a chip from 100 feet. Bunker shot from that far are almost impossible. We played at this week where the bunkers were deep and the sand was really fluffy. We were hitting 40 yrd green side bunker shots with 9 irons.

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