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  1. 1. what style og golf do you play

    • Go for broke
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    • conservative
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    • mixture of both
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I voted conservative. At my level of play I am very prone to making mistakes. No reason to try to make a difficult shot and end up using up 3 strokes when I could just take 2 and lay up.

Now of course I cant say this all the time because there are times you have to go for it. If I duff my driver off the tee for a 75 yrd worm burner then you can bet I'm going after the green to at least try to save par.

It varies. If I'm on the fairway 230+ out, I probably wont try to hit a 3 wood to the green, but if I hit a couple bad balls and I'm still 230 out I have nothing to lose at this point, but that usually leaves me with a frosty snowman following the hole.
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I play conservative as well. For example...

176 yard par 3, pin back, little wind, no trouble front. I could muscle a 7 iron straight at the pin and try to have it stop dead, but I would much rather hit a lower, controlled shot with 6 iron and try and land it at the front/middle of the green and let it release for an uphill putt, and hopefully, a decent birdie chance. If I miss short, I still have a good lie with some green to work with for a chip shot and a more than likely par.

Same goes for any other shot. If there is trouble left and a front pin on that same par 3, I may take that same 6 iron and hit a high fade right at the left side of the green. If I hit it straight, I'm putting, if I hit it perfect, I'm in with a birdie. If I overcook it, I'm still out of trouble on the right side of the green.
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I tend to play in the moment... sometimes being agressive seems like the right choice and sometimes playing conservatively seem best. In general, unless distance is artificially limited by a hazard, demanding, say, a 3 wood off the tee (or even less,) I will usually hit a driver because I tend to have as much confidence in threading a driver as any other club. From the fairway facing a forced carry that is a bit iffy, I might tend to lay-up on par fives as long as hitting the green in regulation is likely after a layup. But most of the time I am a "closer is better" type player.
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I tend to play in the moment... sometimes being agressive seems like the right choice and sometimes playing conservatively seem best. In general, unless distance is artificially limited by a hazard, demanding, say, a 3 wood off the tee (or even less,) I will usually hit a driver because I tend to have as much confidence in threading a driver as any other club. From the fairway facing a forced carry that is a bit iffy, I might tend to lay-up on par fives as long as hitting the green in regulation is likely after a layup. But most of the time I am a "closer is better" type player.

i play very similar to you - in the moment i rarely will not pull driver, and if i dont the 4i comes out or even a 4w off the deck my home course has a lot of doglegs that cant be cut due to a hazard, you u have to play to the corner makes it tough though, cause you can be anywhere from 165-185 to the green - and they are par 4's! par 3's - i go for broke - at the flagstick just about 100% of the time
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I am fairly straight with my driver so I hit it almost exclusively from the tee on all holes that aren't par 3's. From there I would say I am a mix of conservative to being aggressive. If the risk is as great as the reward I will rarely try for the reward and will mostly play it safe. Par is the score I am most trying to make.
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I generally do what the situation calls for. Probably more conservative than I was when I was younger and could hit the ball farther. I'm shorter now, but I play smarter so my scoring is still about as good as it ever was. I'll go for a risky shot if it's needed to get back into a match, or if failure doesn't extract too severe a penalty. But generally I evaluate the risk against the reward before going for broke.
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Like others, I will have a go off the tee if I seriously think I can pull it off, but I have learnt when to take my medicine and will play conservatively if I have to. If I'm under trees or suchlike I will always look for a little gap I could thread one through though. I love pulling off the low fliers that stay under branches and end up exactly where I wanted them to go. But if it's not 50/50 I will tend to take the safe option. Lost count of the number of times I thought I was going to drop a shot to par by playing safe, but then I have saved it courtesy of a good third/fourth shot and a gimme or tap in putt.
I was playing a new course (to me) on Thursday. Got to the 2nd hole and there was a stream crossing the fairway smack bang on my carry distance. The guy I was playing with (member) suggested playing safe. No chance. Out came the driver and luckily I got away with it. Big drive, landed about 5 yards this side of the stream and took a mighty bounce over and carried on running 30 yards or more up the fairway. Left me a nice easy 8 iron in. Just a shame I missed the green, and walked off with a 5!.....

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I voted both, with a little slant toward conservative. I don't have the skill in my midgame to pull off many miracles, and my main goal is to avoid blowups. By doing that, I can usually come in right around 90, give or take a couple.
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I'm learning to be more conservative/crafty. It goes against my nature, but the two best players ever are more conservative than their peers and only aggressive when they can or when they have to be- Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

It's actually hard work being conservative/crafty because it requires superior course management and discipline.

Examples:
*If I'm pitching over a hazard to the green, my mindset is to get it on the green first, try to give myself a flat or right to left putt second, and knock it stiff last.

*If my tee ball places me off the fairway and I'm forced to pitch out, I try not to bite off too much. As long as I can leave myself around 150 in, I should have a good chance at getting my 3rd near or on the green.

*I play for my misses and I pull clubs according to how I'm striking it that day not how I strike it when I hit it nut flush. Off the tee, if I'm slicing it, I play it by teeing up on the far right hand side of the box, aiming left, and bringing it back in. If I'm hooking it, I know I'm f*cked so I pull 3 wood. I don't try to fix my swing mid round.

As I said, this is much easier said than done. My scoring could be better if I did this with more discipline.
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I used to be really conservative on the golf course and only hit driver on holes longer than 350 yards. But, in 2001 I was diagnosed with a tumor on my spinal cord and told I might be paralyzed, might never play golf again, or might even die.

So, the last time I played before the surgery, at the first hole which was only 280 yards and a par 4, I pulled out driver. My partner was shocked since I always hit a 4 iron off the tee.

He asked me why the change of heart - I told him that in two days I was going to have spinal cord surgery and when compared to being told all the possible bad outcomes, hooking my drive into the trees wasn't really that big of a problem.

Last year I finally started playing again and my new perspective really helps. So does the fact that I might never be as long as I was before so playing my own game is the only way I can score well.

But, playing my own game means always playing a club longer than I think I need and swinging at 80%. Not playing for a miss - so I take my extra club and go right at the flag, possible danger be damned!

Even off the tee I always play to cut the corner, carry the water or hit it into the tight places.

At the end of the day, what does it matter if I go OB? I am just happy to be playing golf.

(sorry for mentioning my medical problems again, but it is relevant to why I play the way I do)
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I'm probably more of a conservative golfer. I love the flop shot but I only use it when it's needed, not all the time. I only try to reach par 5's in 2 if there are no hazards. That's some examples.
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I used to be a, "go for broke" kind of player, but Ive learned that there are times to go for it and there are times to play it safe.
I evaluate the situation, weigh risk vs reward and decide what the best course of action is.
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I used to be a, "go for broke" kind of player, but Ive learned that there are times to go for it and there are times to play it safe.

im the exact opposite of that i like high risk shots it makes me focus more if i lay up or go for the middle of the green im more prone to mess up because im not as focused.

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i play conservative off the tee for the first few holes to see how im hitting the ball on any given day. il take 3 wood or long iron but i fire at every pin and im i miss, i miss big. when i get under par i start playin stupid taking huge risks. generally i can pull it off tho.
when im behind in any match i take driver on every hole and go for all the pins tho
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