I agree with almost everything you said except that good players stick it close pretty often. They don’t. They do hit greens and have tighter dispersion, but they aren’t sticking it to 8’ very often. Or 12’. Or even 18’.
It can be easier to stick it close when you have a ton of wedges and soft greens though, too. But it’s still kinda rare.
Never heard of George Wright or Keney Park. Will have to give those a try one day.
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I feel like if I could control my driver, or at least knew which direction it will start and curve, I could be 5 strokes better. I have more confidence in a Tokyo Olympics condom than I do my driver....
I think this applies to more then just the driver. A couple years back one of the better players on my league told me to stop always playing the safe shot. I had always believed "1 Bad shot does not need to lead to 2 bad shots" and would almost always take the easiest way out of trouble back into the fairway, even if that meant hitting the ball side-ways and not advancing at all. Truth was, I was so afraid to risk a 2nd bad shot I was lever taking a chance. Understand, I am not talking about "trying to hit a draw around a tree then through a needle and over a bunker type risk" but if there is a reasonable chance to advance the ball that is what I will do. Sometimes it backfires, but not always.