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One of the ways I am measuring my own improvement in golf is how often I completely mess up a shot.  I have improved considerably over the past two years, but it still happens, probably 2-3 times per round.  I don't mean hitting it a little fat or thin.  I mean completely skulling it or hitting it so fat that it travels maybe 1/3 the proper distance.  I am guessing that for really low-HC'ers (i.e., 5 or better), this basically never happens any more, that a duffed shot for a really good player is a pull-hook or a slice and even that doesn't happen too often.  Am I correct?

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Very rarely I guess.  I can't even put a number on it.  Maybe 3-5 times a year.  Most recent time was a week ago.  I had a 3 wood in hand and slipped on the downswing and hit a combo of a pull/hook/fat shot that went 15 yards maybe, this was somthing I have never done in my life.  It rained very hard the in the days leading up the that so the course was soaking wet with standing water.  Me and my buddies had a good laugh and I ended up saving par.

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This is a very good question.  I rarely duff a shot completly but if I do, which may happen every 2-3 rounds, my miss is a skull that goes further than the club is supposed to.

For example, I remember skulling a 7i on a par three this past Chirstmas in Florida.  The shot to the middle of the green I was aiming at was 173 yards.  What happens?  I skull it and the ball gets up (maybe 30-40% lower than the proper 7i trajectory) and it goes over the green 190 yards in the rough..  No bigge though, I got up and down

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Very rarely I guess.  I can't even put a number on it.  Maybe 3-5 times a year.  Most recent time was a week ago.  I had a 3 wood in hand and slipped on the downswing and hit a combo of a pull/hook/fat shot that went 15 yards maybe, this was somthing I have never done in my life.  It rained very hard the in the days leading up the that so the course was soaking wet with standing water.  Me and my buddies had a good laugh and I ended up saving par.

On the rare occasion it happens to the LHC, they laugh and it turns the hole into a (perhaps challenging) par save for them. When it happens to the HHC, we pray and try to avoid a double. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the difference between the LHC and the HHC. :-P

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Very rarely I guess. I can't even put a number on it. Maybe 3-5 times a year. Most recent time was a week ago. I had a 3 wood in hand and slipped on the downswing and hit a combo of a pull/hook/fat shot that went 15 yards maybe, this was somthing I have never done in my life. It rained very hard the in the days leading up the that so the course was soaking wet with standing water. Me and my buddies had a good laugh and I ended up saving par.

I'd agree with this, it's not so much duffs, unless it's wet, as it is just misses left, right, or short. At least for me. I still need to remind myself to club up more sometimes.

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I hit a 'shorts-dropper' on the first tee at Deer Run last Sunday - cold-topped a 3-wood that went about 20 yards (20 yards short of the ladies tees). I did, however, stroke a 2-iron to about 155 from there, and then hit an 8-iron to 6 feet and made par.

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Chunking or skulling my wedges-6 iron - hardly ever.  My bad ones come from trying to do something i can't do. i.e hit a flop over a tree, hook a 4i around a tree, stepping on a 3 wood to reach a par 5, ect.

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I had 2 that came to mind in the same round last week. On the first hole par 5, I tried to hit a high cut 5 iron layup out of the rough. I topped it about 50 yards and hit a 4 iron flush and made par. Three holes later I have a 7 iron left into the wind from about 155. This time I hit a super thin hook that went about 120 yards and left me with a bunker to navigate over. I hit an aggressive 60 that held in the wind and landed softly 4 feet and then made the putt. I do remember a topped drive that I hit from the tips a few months ago. I was able to hit the next shot in the fairway and then next to the green and got it u/d for a bogey. These shots are pretty rare, but they do happen from time to time. The difference really is in how you handle the next shot.
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Originally Posted by B-Con

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Originally Posted by Aquaguru

Very rarely I guess.  I can't even put a number on it.  Maybe 3-5 times a year.  Most recent time was a week ago.  I had a 3 wood in hand and slipped on the downswing and hit a combo of a pull/hook/fat shot that went 15 yards maybe, this was somthing I have never done in my life.  It rained very hard the in the days leading up the that so the course was soaking wet with standing water.  Me and my buddies had a good laugh and I ended up saving par.

On the rare occasion it happens to the LHC, they laugh and it turns the hole into a (perhaps challenging) par save for them. When it happens to the HHC, we pray and try to avoid a double.

And that, ladies and gentleman, is the difference between the LHC and the HHC.

I agree with this.  The tendency for a HHC is to try to compensate for one bad shot by trying even harder on the next, which inevitably leads to an even worse shot, which means you REALLY have to try hard on the next one and so on.........

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i duffed a 4 iron last week in my second round of the year, first time since last summer. this one particular par 3 always makes me nervous cause it's 240 to the pin on a tiny green surrounded by water. i topped it and it ended up in the water. :(

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To be honest, it actually happens more than I like, no matter how many balls we hit per week at the range (2000 plus for me), I must admit to have a few lesser shots including a miss-skulled-thinned-bladed balls about every round. Sometimes you can get around and still make a par and sometimes you have to be pleased with a (double) bogey, but we all keep trying to improve to a point you hit 40 good shots and 30 orso putts....

But in general I think even most low cappers here, have more bad shots than they would like to admit !!!

Main difference is that we can mostly save par (or at worst a bogey).

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Originally Posted by Gerald

I must admit to have a few lesser shots including a miss-skulled-thinned-bladed balls about every round.


That's my usual screw-up too. Yesterday I hit only one truly horrible full shot and it was a thinned gap wedge from a perfect lie in the fairway that put me over the green, down a bank and up shit creek.

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Originally Posted by TourSpoon

These shots are pretty rare, but they do happen from time to time. The difference really is in how you handle the next shot.

Yepp if "we" have a let's say bad 2nd shot, at a par 5 ..... don't go for a supershot to try hitting 250 yds to the pin with the third, just lay up, hit the 4th close and putt for par.

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Common theme here... they still manage to save the hole, with a par or bogey.  Really the same as the pros.  They miss (maybe not a duff) badly, but grind it out for par often.

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I duff my shot TOO often haha.  Played my first round this year and duffed 3 shots, one being a driver!  Still managed to save par except for one bogey, which still isn't that bad ending with +6.  When I duffed it, it still came out as a target oriented worm burner so it didn't put me in trouble.

As the season gets along, I don't really duff many shots.  If I'm using the wrong wedge in the wrong conditions, I'll blade it or dig, but contact is rarely the issue.

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Originally Posted by mattttt25

Common theme here... they still manage to save the hole, with a par or bogey.  Really the same as the pros.  They miss (maybe not a duff) badly, but grind it out for par often.


I understand what you mean, but there is quite a difference between a 1 or 2 handicap and a 5 to 7 handicap....... with about a 6 hc. you still get 6-8 strokes at a course and 34 stableford points means playing in the buffer ..... so if a 6 hc. misses about half of the pars, still playing a good round. At hc 6 you're still allows to make some mistakes, at hc. 1 or 2  ....... not anymore.

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