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What does it mean to be a good ball striker?


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Greg Norman once said that when he was on he could hit the ball with in a foot of were he wanted to hit it.

But golf Digest just did a list of best ball strikers, The few i can remember were,

Lee Travino
Nick Price
Tiger Woods

Since Nick Price is my altime favorite golfer, he was tearing it up when i first started watching golf back in the 90's, they say that his irons sounded like they were shot of a cannon he would it them so flush.
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The tag "great ball striker" , with no majors is a nice way of saying 'terrible putter'

Or it's in the head somehow. Case in point, Joe Durant.

FIR: 76%, 2nd GIR: 72%, 3rd Proximity to hole: 31'6" 3rd Scoring average before cut: 69.48 1st Final round scoring average: 71.43 127th
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Great ball striker besides of what all its been said in this threae, is the ability to hit it flush, solid, in the sweat spot, with great lag, in a downward motion, taking a divot after the ball (with irons of course) compressing the ball against the turf, therefore feeling that glorious sensation that can only be feel a couple of times in a round of 18 holes.
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The interesting thing about ball striking is that it can be something completely independent of game play. I think of myself as a good ball striker in the sense that i am able to consistently make great contact with the ball and not hit it fat/thin/etc... However good ball striking does not make good game play. As I will often miss greens but make almost every fairway. To me a great ball striker is one who has able to have consistent hits AND stellar game play.
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the ability to hit it flush, solid, in the sweat spot

Of all the posts, I think this captured it best.

@ cassino - when you're 180 yards out, do you step on an 8, or hit a 3/4 shot with a 6?
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