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Would you rather play pretty good all the time or great and poorly


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Poll: Would you rather play pretty good all the time or great and poorly (36 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you like variety in your scoring?

  1. I would love to be Steady Eddy as it mean I have very few truly bad rounds (24 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. I would love to be Ben Hogan/Hulk Hogan as it means I can have a few GREAT rounds (12 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#1 2bGood

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:48 AM

This is been a funny year for me. Had some of my best rounds ever and some of my worst. When I tee it up I have no idea if I will break par or embarrass myself and not even break 80. In the past, my scoring has been pretty consistently in the mid 70's.

So would you prefer to be Steady Eddy or Ben Hogan/Hulk Hogan?


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#2 eagle1997

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:57 AM

this is like asking if you'd rather plow a 7 on the regular, or occasionally take home the 10.

i'd rather take home the 10.

as long as it was a different 10 each time.

after all, at the end of all those off nights, worst-case scenario is that we settle for 5.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

Great topic/poll question. I just had a discussion on this very thing the other day. Personally would rather be steady. Jekyll and Hyde golf to me is not much fun.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:02 AM

Depends on the discrepancy. Are we talking a gap of 10 or more strokes?? If it's something like a steady 85, or as low as par but as high as triple digits, I'd take 85's all day long. But if it's something like low of 80, high of 90... I'd take the highs with the lows.

I've come to realize I'm pretty steady. My scores tend to fluctuate around 2 or 3 strokes from my HC, never having any big swings one way or the other. I'm hoping that one day something will click for me and I'll wipe off about 5 or 6 strokes quickly, then establish a new average.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:06 AM

View Postscottiewingnut, on 11 September 2017 - 11:00 AM, said:

Great topic/poll question. I just had a discussion on this very thing the other day. Personally would rather be steady. Jekyll and Hyde golf to me is not much fun.

It get's very frustrating. When you shoot 68 one day and then 85 the next day.

View PostZ1ggy16, on 11 September 2017 - 11:02 AM, said:

Depends on the discrepancy. Are we talking a gap of 10 or more strokes?? If it's something like a steady 85, or as low as par but as high as triple digits, I'd take 85's all day long. But if it's something like low of 80, high of 90... I'd take the highs with the lows.

I've come to realize I'm pretty steady. My scores tend to fluctuate around 2 or 3 strokes from my HC, never having any big swings one way or the other. I'm hoping that one day something will click for me and I'll wipe off about 5 or 6 strokes quickly, then establish a new average.

I am taking a gap of 10 strokes or more. My best rounds are under par in my last 20 and my worst rounds are 83-90 in my last 20.  

Not sure what happened to shoot 90, so let ingore that (I try to).

Edited by 2bGood, 11 September 2017 - 11:06 AM.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:16 AM

If it's 10 or more then I'd just go steady. Nothing is worse than a really high score because A) it's not fun at all that day and B) you start to question your ability because you've previously shot 10+ strokes better. It's mentally a bit of a mindf@ck. I'd much rather just go out and know that there's a very good chance I'll be shooting around my HC. It makes me have some faith in myself if I have a few bad holes, knowing that I'll come back to make some par's and birds.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:32 AM

Steady, due to the same general pattern my scores follow each year.   I put it on a graph last year it is amazing how each year follows the same pattern.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:55 AM

I'm pretty steady this year in scores and differentials but that doesn't mean I don't consider them bad rounds. Almost all of them are bad rounds as my handicap is up 3 points over the last 2 years. So this year I would say Ben Hulk and the last 2 years I would say Steady Eddy. Though if good Steady Eddy lasts too long I would switch back to Ben Hulk and want that handicap to go down. Which would lead to saying Steady Eddy at the lower handicap. So on and so forth.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:12 PM

Great question. And I really don't know.

This year I've been pretty steady. I think on GHIN scoring average is about 76. But very few low rounds this year. Only occasionally will I be above 80, but so far really rare at par or better this year.

After typing that I think I would rather be great/poor. The poor are probably only going to be five or six higher than the highest now,but I sure miss that once in a while low round.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:18 PM

I really wish I could consistently score, so I would guess I would take the steady eddy at this point.

I've shot 83 this year and 106 the same week.... at the same course.
Usually I'm between 88 and 96, still a huge variance as I can't seem to get it all to click on the same day.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:22 PM

It must be the latter, or I wouldn't keep changing things every five seconds. (Either that, or I just don't give a ****.)

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:49 PM

HaHa - 68 every other round and I don't care about the score on the alternating rounds.

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:45 PM

I am "steady Eddie" and it suits me just fine. I have broken par only twice this season but I have only had one round above 79 (I posted an 81 in May). I consistently shoot 75-77 and am thankful my game has not decayed at my age (59-years old).

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:59 PM

If I go low when it matters and blow up in casual rounds then I am ok with the roller coaster scores.  If the results are reversed then give me steady.
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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:04 PM

If it comes in waves of 4 rounds at a time, then I'd take go low/blow up. Top 25 a tournament one week then miss the cut next and you'd be making at least $1.5M/yr on tour.


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 10:09 PM

Really doesn't make a difference,  I just like to plssy.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:43 AM

I voted Steady Eddy and I'll add that I'd rather have solid ball striking than a good score. I'd happily spend the rest of my life as a bogey golfer if it meant no more shanks, tops and random OOB drives. Balls going a bit off target and occasionally poor chips are fine as long as from the tee and fairway balls fly in an appropriate arc.

I am actually not far off Mr Eddy. I score mostly in the low-90s with a few outlying high 80s and high 90s. Unfortunately there's usually a couple of holes that go badly wrong. Or rounds like Sunday where a combination of my new swing failing me part way round and worsening weather making fixing it difficult meant that it just became ugly. Walking away from that with a 96 was in some ways good but I hated the way the last six holes were a struggle with me having to constantly recover from bad shots.

Like the 16th par 4. I hooked my drive so it went into the trees. It bounced out and ended up in light rough. Had a chance at the green but my 7 iron refused to bite and the ball flew low and nearly went into a stream just in front of the green. Chipped it on to stop five yards from the pin. First putt stops two yards short. Second putt goes in. I walk off with a bogey which itself is not too shabby for a 23 hcp.

But:
* My drive hooked (I keep on forgetting to complete my body rotation on the downswing, possibly when I hurry things or get too fixated on the target).
* I fluffed a 7 iron shot. WTF?
* My first putt was awful.

So a pretty good score but I felt lousy about that hole.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 03:16 AM

2 weeks ago won the monthly medal with 8 under my handicap, this week (with a 2 point reduction in handicap) was 6 over. Oh for some consistency.
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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:46 PM

Steady Eddy here.

2011 at age 64.  I think this was my best year ever...

...18 of 26 rounds- under 80  (69%)/  7 of 26- were 80, 81, 82  (27%)/ 1 of 26 -83 or higher (3.8%).
Low a par 72, high an 83.  

What a fun year that was.  Go golfin and come home happy pretty much every time.  Loved it.  Way better than 75 one day and 92 the next time out.

Alas, something went very wrong with my game last year for the first time in years and years, and this year I've played only 8 rounds and am done til next spring due to health issues.  Hope I get it back next year.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 04:59 PM

Definitely Steady Eddie. I find the game much more relaxing and enjoyable, when I am shooting a consistent score that I am satisfied with.

The only problem is that I am hard to satisfy, so I end up tinkering which usually results in disaster lol.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:00 PM

I'm going to have to say steady. Nothing more frustrating than not being able to explain huge variance in my scores.

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:28 PM

I don't see the option for...

"Steady Eddie keeps turning in better scores, bad days not nearly as bad as they used to be "

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