md1m, on 09 October 2017 - 08:17 PM, said:
leezer99, on 09 October 2017 - 03:18 PM, said:
md1m, on 09 October 2017 - 02:47 PM, said:
heavy_hitter, on 09 October 2017 - 01:34 PM, said:
This competition is a thing of luck. Was looking at the regional winners. Alexa Pano lost to a girl that has only been golfing for two years. Get them on the course and it isn't even close. Surfed over to the 12-13 year old boy's and there was only one kid there that was a really good golfer. Looked at the 14-15 year old division and there were only 2.
It's a skills competition, and they have to perform under pressure or go home. Using the same analogy that I used before, punt, pass, and kick is not won by the "best football player", but it's a worthy and fun competition. I can just picture the dads on the football forums saying "Yeah, but my kid can beat your kid in real football."
The only difference being that football is a team sport whereas golf is an individual sport. You can compare the two events similarly but the sports are 180 degree opposites.
I think my comparison of the individual skills competitions of punt, pass, and kick vs drive, pitch, and putt was a good comparison of how one could excel at an individual skills competition without being the best overall player at that sport. But thank you for pointing out that one is a team sport. I did not know that before.
These are several of the reasons this is not a skills competition.
1. When playing tournament golf you teach the golfer to run the putt by 2-4 feet and 6 feet is acceptable on lag putts. On very rare occasions do you ever want the ball short. DCP rewards the player for putting the ball short. Leaving the ball short is not skill. Making the come back putt is skill.
2. When playing tournament golf you teach the golfer to run the ball by 2-4 feet and 6 feet is acceptable. On very rare occasions do you ever want the ball short. DCP rewards the player for chipping the ball short. Leaving the ball short is not skill. Making the comeback putt is skill.
3. The point system in the younger divisions take skill out of the Drive portion of this competition. All you need to do is take a 7i and put the ball in play. The Title says DRIVE, Chip, and Putt.
4. The chip is not always a chip in this competition. The title doesn't say Drive, Pitch, and Putt. It also doesn't say Drive, Flop Shot, and Putt. The title says CHIP. Half of the competitions we have been to have been Drive, PITCH, and Putt.
5. Back to the DRIVE. Skill would mean that you have to hit the ball a certain yardage, while getting the ball airborne, and keeping it in play. Have seen kids skull the ball only to hit the ground and roll 50 yards for points. This is not skill.
Edited by heavy_hitter, 10 October 2017 - 01:48 PM.