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  1. 1. Do you play mostly conservatively, mostly aggressive, or a little bit of both depending on situation?

    • Mostly conservative
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    • A bit of both
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Is there a word for "aggressive, but not reckless or stupid"

If it's a good hitting day, I'll shape, I'll go for the max distance, etc.  But if it requires the 'perfect' shot?  heck no.

Maybe we can get into a big debate over what "conservative" and "aggressive" means to each of us.  those threads are fun

 

I'd lean aggressive - I like the "Best Shot of the Week" thread a lot more than the "What did you shoot today?" thread - that pretty much says it.  Remembering that difficult shot that you pulled off as planned is still the greatest feeling in the game for me.  I am scoring better playing 'strategic' lately, but that does lead to a boring round sometimes even if the score is great.

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I would consider myself overly conservative. I will always be short on par putts knowing that if I am long its a guaranteed double at best. The only time I will be aggressive is with long layup

I also said a bit of both. I take the entire hole into account, some holes just don't work well for me playing them too aggressive but other holes I can be completely aggressive on. Just as mentioned

I am mostly conservative off the tee, and aggressive with the approaches.  9 times out of 10 I will fire at the pin...unless I am playing for something, which is rare.  I just figure why play safe whe

Stupid aggressive.  Constantly banging drives that I failed to shape through fairways, sending approach shots over the green that didn't have enough spin, nearly dunking chip shots only to have them slide 8 feet past the hole.  Refusing to leave the driver in the bag on par 4's under 400yds even though my 100yd and in game is my weakest asset. :whistle:

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Course management in every shot. I play aggresivly to conservative targets.

- Away from penalty or trouble off the tee, as close to the green as i can. 
- put the ball back in play if i´m in trouble
- aiming at the middle of the green on approach shots, even with a wedge in my hands.
- accept a bogey when im short sided and i can´t stick it close with a normal lob shot.
- just focus on 2 putts outside 15 feet, if the ball goes in, lucky me.   

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Old thread but a good read.

I am a bit of both.  Depends on day, course and how I am swinging.

Love it when the aggressive pays off... hate that darn snowman on the card when it doesn't!

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I am mostly conservative, and voted as such. 

That said, their are times when a tight, well guarded pin comes along, and I want to see if I can pull the shot off. The term "be humble" usually comes to mind when I try one of those shots. :whistle:

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I play, nearly always, match play.  The decisions are more situational than they are cumulative.  In other words:  Bzurr...Glapp...Nhizghingdurbur...nik!

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I was WAY too conservative last year. I may hit driver once every few rounds and just a bit more for 3-wood. I hit hybrids and irons off of most tees and still didn’t score as well as i wanted. Reading LSW has convinced me to change my strategy this year...

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On 3/16/2011 at 1:48 PM, phillyk said:

keeping it conservative and going for the middle of the green, or playing both ways based on the situation that arises for each hole.

That would be me. For awhile, I decided to be conservative off the tee. But a friend reminded me that I have always driven the ball well (or at least mostly straight and in the fairway). So I became more confident and aggressive in my drives and fairway shots. I try to be careful as I play to the green to be sure I don't short-side myself and generally look for the fat of the green. Lookingforward to getting back to it one day. Good topic! -Marv

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