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Breaking 80 or no DBs -- which is harder?


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Which is Harder?  

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  1. 1. Which is Harder?

    • Breaking 80
    • No double bogeys in a round


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I am not sure which is easier. I do know if you try to keep doubles off your score card you will stand a better chance of breaking 80. Yet you can shoot in the the 70's with doubles. The more I think about it I think you would need a lot of data to be able to ascertain which is easier. 

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Breaking 80 is tougher in my game. Several times I have had rounds with out any double bogies, and still didn't break 80. To break 80, I rely on alot of pars, and fewer bogey 1 holes. 

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I average right at 80. Easier to break 80 than avoid a double because it often happens in the same round. Golfers that break 80 regularly are making lots of pars so the impact of a double is minimal. I don't try to avoid double or worse it just kind of happens, typically on a hole where I make bogey often and one swing led to trouble (hazard).

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It's very rare for me not to have at least one double. Almost always from a wild tee shot. I shot 76 the other day and had 1 double.

I can't remember a round with 9-10 bogeys and no doubles and no birdies. Usually, if I'm playing that poorly, I'll turn a bogey or three into doubles.

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I voted that breaking 80 is more difficult.

Though the two are intertwined, "breaking 80" requires some pretty good sustained performance, while just not making a double means you only have to play "okay" for 18 separate holes. A really bad shot can be made up for with a really good shot.

One is a short-term goal (though repeated 18 times), while the other requires sustained performance for 18 holes. That's a bit different.

Breaking 80 is more difficult. I've played golf with people who shoot 88 and have no doubles or worse… just consistent bogeys. Some they might make a 15-footer for bogey, while other holes they miss a three-foot par putt. But breaking 80 requires consistent solid play all day.

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I just finished a round that is fairly unique.  I had 3 double bogeys and a triple bogey ... AND I broke 80.  77 in fact.  All I had to do was make four birdies and zero single bogeys.

(In the poll, I voted that breaking 80 is harder.  Seems like if I set a goal to not have any doubles, with no regard to score, that it wouldn't be that hard.)

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Has to be breaking 80. I've had multiple rounds without a double, still haven't quite broke 80. Though on the other hand I shot 81 yesterday with two doubles.

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My scoring average right now is 80.1, with exactly half of my last 20 rounds under 80.  I think that I break 80 with a double (or 2 :8) ) more often than I fail to break 80 without any doubles.  

I really think it's handicap dependent.  Very good players who seldom fail to break 80 aren't surprised by a double here and there.  But, the vast majority of golfers will never break 80, but can still have the occasional round without a double.  As a threshold, I think getting to the point of breaking 80 is harder.  Once you're there with any degree of regularity, my vote is that keeping the card double free is more difficult. 

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Voted breaking 80 for me.  It's as simple as I almost never get up and down, but almost always get up and 2-putt.

It's a great question.  I'd bet typical 7-8 handicappers have about the same number of 70s and no DB rounds.

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3 hours ago, iacas said:

I voted that breaking 80 is more difficult.

Though the two are intertwined, "breaking 80" requires some pretty good sustained performance, while just not making a double means you only have to play "okay" for 18 separate holes. A really bad shot can be made up for with a really good shot.

One is a short-term goal (though repeated 18 times), while the other requires sustained performance for 18 holes. That's a bit different.

Breaking 80 is more difficult. I've played golf with people who shoot 88 and have no doubles or worse… just consistent bogeys. Some they might make a 15-footer for bogey, while other holes they miss a three-foot par putt. But breaking 80 requires consistent solid play all day.

I'll buy that... Breaking 80 requires 6 three hole rounds of +1 with one extra stroke somewhere... 7 bogeys and 11 pars... I had 7 pars today and shot 95... the doubles or worse I had would have only knocked me down to 83... I understand you what you mean with breaking 80 being harder to accomplish.... But no doubles is pretty damn hard too... I voted no doubles is harder but I see your point...

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