What will help you the most?

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Based on the game you have at present, which single aspect would benefit your scores the most?

Extra 30 yards average off the tee with driver
4
29%
Driver accuracy
2
14%
Fairway wood proficiency
0
No votes
Better approach shot accuracy (full swings with wedges through long irons/hybrids)
3
21%
Execution of 30-60 yard pitch shots (partial swings)
0
No votes
30-40% up & downs from chip shots 1-5 yards off green
2
14%
Greenside bunker distance control
1
7%
Excellent distance control putting
1
7%
Ability to read greens much better
0
No votes
Course management
0
No votes
Other (Explain)
1
7%
 
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What will help you the most?

Post by DougE » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:31 am

For me, I would have to say driving distance. Partially due to my aging body and past/present injuries, my shortness off the tee (which on a level, dry fairway averages somewhere between 220-230 yards when struck decently) puts lots of pressure on my approach shots. I hit most of my drives and approach shots fairly straight, but obviously, longer shots are much harder to keep as accurate. An over-cooked or sliced hybrid will certainly have far more consequences than the same miss with an 8i. And unfortunately, I too often have to hit a hybrid on longer par 4s. If I could hit 7 iron (or less) instead on those holes, I feel the rest of my game is strong enough to take care of most mistakes I can make with a 7 iron or shorter. I have been averaging around 50% GIRs. That number, I feel would go way up if I could be 30 yards closer to the hole when making my approach shots. That's a lot more birdie chances.

Also, having better distance off the tee with driver gives me more comfort playing a longer set of tees when getting paired with bigger hitters. Presently, I like playing 6000-6300 yards. But an added 30 yards off the tee would certainly allow me to score decently, up to about 6700 yards.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by bkuehn1952 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:33 am

Give me the 30 yards.
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by CeeBee » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:06 am

Big tee shots are where it's at.
Tee it up!

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by legitimatebeef » Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:53 pm

I probably need consistent iron contact most of all. (Sad!)
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by MattF » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:19 pm

Consistency is what I'm after because I'm happy with my distance.
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by sjduffers » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:26 pm

I would enjoy more distance with the driver (and likely more distance with every club too), although at the moment I struggle with fairway woods from the deck, but I am sure that is only temporary...
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by jfurr » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:46 pm

Chipping
I'm gonna hit a provisional
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by jasonfish11 » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:14 pm

I went with approach accuracy.

Closer to the hole = lower scores
Keep it short stupid.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by Duke of Hazards » Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:26 am

Statistically I'm a god awful putter. But I can read greens okay, so I went with putting distance control, would probably shave 5 or more strokes off of my game.
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Post by jasonfish11 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:00 am

Duke of Hazards wrote:Statistically I'm a god awful putter. But I can read greens okay, so I went with putting distance control, would probably shave 5 or more strokes off of my game.
I think I asked you this before but have you tried putting while looking at the hole?

I do this on everything over 15' and my distance control has gotten a lot better.
Keep it short stupid.

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Post by DougE » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:57 am

jasonfish11 wrote: I think I asked you this before but have you tried putting while looking at the hole?

I do this on everything over 15' and my distance control has gotten a lot better.
I can absolutely attest to this method. Though I rarely do it on the course, I do it often on the practice green and it works amazingly well on longer putts. The subconscious mind does all the calculations for you. On occasion, when I am actually playing and have a long putt over various slopes and I can't really get comfortable with what the putt will do, I will employ this method and am usually very pleasantly surprised by how close I come.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by jev » Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:36 pm

Chipping. For unknown reasons, I lost my chipping capabilities two years ago. Very, very slowly, I re-learn how to chip the dang ball, but distance control still is far, far away in the future. Putting used to be awful too, but I found that piece of the puzzle tucked away somewhere in the darkest corners of my homecourse.
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by srogers13 » Sun Apr 30, 2017 5:04 pm

I am a clueless putz out of a greenside bunker.
I will stand in the fairway, I want to be out of your range.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by GBOGEY » Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:32 pm

Defintely driver accuracy. I hit it far enough for the courses I play. Driver takes me out of too many holes.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by Duke of Hazards » Mon May 01, 2017 1:06 am

DougE wrote:
jasonfish11 wrote: I think I asked you this before but have you tried putting while looking at the hole?

I do this on everything over 15' and my distance control has gotten a lot better.
I can absolutely attest to this method. Though I rarely do it on the course, I do it often on the practice green and it works amazingly well on longer putts. The subconscious mind does all the calculations for you. On occasion, when I am actually playing and have a long putt over various slopes and I can't really get comfortable with what the putt will do, I will employ this method and am usually very pleasantly surprised by how close I come.
Yeah, I think I've tried this in the past with some success. Should try it some more.
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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by jasonfish11 » Mon May 01, 2017 6:54 am

Duke of Hazards wrote:
DougE wrote:
jasonfish11 wrote: I think I asked you this before but have you tried putting while looking at the hole?

I do this on everything over 15' and my distance control has gotten a lot better.
I can absolutely attest to this method. Though I rarely do it on the course, I do it often on the practice green and it works amazingly well on longer putts. The subconscious mind does all the calculations for you. On occasion, when I am actually playing and have a long putt over various slopes and I can't really get comfortable with what the putt will do, I will employ this method and am usually very pleasantly surprised by how close I come.
Yeah, I think I've tried this in the past with some success. Should try it some more.
I would say if you really feel distance control is the worst aspect of your game, commit to looking at the hole on everything over 15' for 3 months. What is there to lose?
Keep it short stupid.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by GBOGEY » Mon May 01, 2017 8:26 pm

I was taught to look at the hole when doing my practice swing and then to use that image when making the actual putt.

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Re: What will help you the most?

Post by bryan k » Mon May 01, 2017 10:15 pm

Unquestionably, for me, it's driver accuracy.

A typical round for me is that a third of my drives are good shots. I'm more than happy with my distance on these shots.

A third of them are passable shots where the distance and placement doesn't take a birdie completely out of play.

A third of them cost me strokes.

I play to a 12 handicap, and I'm 100% confident that half of that is my driver.

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