So I’ve been experimenting with a unique golf grip I saw on the golf channel. The only thing is I can’t remember if it was Jerry Kelly or Fred Funk. I get them cornfused. Basically, you take the index finger of the left hand (R-golfer) and point it into the grip. It doesn’t wrap around like a traditional grip. Then you semi overlap with the other hand. I’ve gain more distance and accuracy. I wish I could find an article on this unique grip. Please forward if you come across one.
Of course. But there is a tradeoff to moving forward - fewer points available.
Does the reduction in expected strokes you gain by moving forward offset the available points you will lose? I'm sure the calculus is different for each golfer, but out of curiosity, I took a look at some PGA data. They list Par 4 Efficiency for holes measuring 350-400 yards and also from 450-500. The top 250 players are ranked. The median results are
450-500 yards - the median player (Webb Simpson) averages 4.04 strokes
350-400 yards - the median player (Jason Kokrak) averages 3.91 strokes
For that set of players, a 20%-25% improvement in available points only costs them about 3.2% in expected strokes.
I'm not saying that data can be automatically translated to a bogey golfer, but it's a pretty strong indicator in favor of biting off as much yardage as you reasonably can.
Why? This doesn't make sense to me. LSW says the average 70s golfer hits the green from 130 yards less than 60% of the time, an a 90s golfer is more likely to miss the green than hit it from 75. The further back you are, the less likely you are to make par. Or birdie, for that matter. Your best chance at par or birdie is to be as close to the hole as possible the whole time.