I think that's my biggest issue when someone wants to join up mid round, or even at the turn. Or for that matter, if someone drops out as well. I get into some kind of rhythm that becomes totally out of sync when adding or losing players.
But back on topic, I picked up on the poor play from yesterday into todays game. I can't remember the last time I had 6 double bogeys. An 86 (44-42), with 6 doubles, 4 bogeys, 6 pars, and 2 birdies. I think I need to take a little break and get my head screwed on right.
Why? If, for example, it rained the night before and my ball is on the edge of the bunker, the sand will likely be more packed where I'm standing than where the ball is laying.
Golf is a game of skill. Reading your lie is a skill. This is especially true in a bunker because it's explicitly written in the rules that you can't test the conditions.
It doesn't sound to me like you're ok with it being challenging at all if you want your bunker shots to all play the same way.
There are two aspects to this.
1) The driver is the only club in your bag that requires an upward strike for optimal results. All the others requie a downward or level sweeping strike. That is one of the reasons a driver is harder to hit than a 3/5 wood.
2) The second is length of shafts these days. If even a pro like Tiger Woods got his best results with a 43.5 inch driver this year, why are amateurs hitting 45 inch drivers. Because they are being sold on the "latest and greatest driver which is 'longer' than before". The trade off to length by a bigger shaft is inaccuracy. Pro's can control it. Most amateurs cannot even figure out what they are doing wrong, let alone figure out how to correct or prevent it. Modern 3 woods are the length of old driver shafts, which is why many people get better distance and accuracy with them.
At the end of the day, a driver is a better option if you can get it fit for your swing.
Bill Connelly's SP+ is good at predicting against the spread. He's around 55% correct against the spread. Which is a pretty good house edge 😉 . He just studied what typically wins games and collects the data and comes up with a predictive measure of a teams ability against an average team (SP+ Rankings). Then, he uses that to compare match-ups.