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What club most dictates your score?


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#1 rxk9fan

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 05:47 AM

We have often heard "drive for show and putt for dough".  It is obvious that no one is going to shoot the low round of their life without most of the bag working that day.  I am curious as to what club subset you think most often has the most influence on your score.  Are these what (or should be what) you practice most with?
It is not necessary to provide a single club but does your score most hinge on the play of what subset below:
Driver
Fairway Woods
Hybrids
Long irons (2-4)
Mid irons (5-7)
Short irons (8-PW)
Gap,sand,and lob
Putter

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 06:08 AM

For me by far it's accuracy of wedge shots.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 06:42 AM

+1 on the wedges

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 06:51 AM

For me is 3 specific clubs:

Driver/Tee shot--have to be able to get off the tee finding fairway or green
+2 on Wedges--have to be able to chip/pitch it close
Putter--normally one of the best parts of my game, 1-2 putts max
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:01 AM

Whichever club I use to duff my chip or thin it across the green...


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:03 AM

Another wedge vote. Last week i was ripping driver. Hitting 2 iron like a laser. Pull a wedge, chunk, push, thin.etc.
How can that be? Aaaaarrrggh!
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:06 AM

Definitely the wedges

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:07 AM

Getting off the tee - If my tee shots are going relatively straight, I'm scoring 79-82.  If not, I could be looking at 87-90.  
+3 on wedges.  When my wedge game is on, the putting stats goes hand-in-hand.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:13 AM

Putter. I leave more than a handfull of birdies most rounds off my card.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:27 AM

Driver- Can't score hitting from rough or out of trees.
Putter- This is 2nd. Had some great ball striking rounds this year but did not make anything.


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:31 AM

On a typical day its the putter.

Normally drive the ball pretty well so usually have numerous opportunities (our greens are pretty small, so if you're on in regulation there is a good chance it's a legitimate chance) for birdies.

I go back through each round and figure how I did on what I consider "makeable" (2'-20' roughly) putts  Anything over roughly 20' I consider as a bonus. Normally if I can get around 50% on those type putts I'll have a decent score.

That's assuming of course that I'm not incurring a bunch of penalty strokes before I make it to the green. I also figure no amount of good putting can offset reloading off the tee or punching out sideways several times.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:38 AM

Driver, hard to make par hitting 3 off the tee. All the other clubs don't cost me penalty strokes.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:45 AM

When I'm off, it's 85% my tee game. So with that said, whatever club I'm using to drastically increase my score off the tee box.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:51 AM

Putter is the definitely the first. You can recover from bad tee shots and bad chips, thereís no recovering from bad putting. Iíd almost guarantee that each of us can remember the last round where you had a few 3 jacks in there.

After that itís the driver. Hard to make pars and birdies if your tee shot is landing you in doo doo.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:00 AM

What Boricua said.
I could narrow it down slightly to:
Driver/tee shot: have to be in play off the tee
Wedges OR Putting: If I am chipping it really well, there is less pressure on my putting, but if my chips are still leaving me 5-15ft away*, then good putting will shave a few key shots off.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:28 AM

Iíd be better off were I to treat hitting driver like making a shot rather than seeing it as an opportunity to fulfill JFKís vision of reaching the moon.

Iím a good putter when I want to be, but sometimes, I just canít even muster bemused indifference.

The middle of the bag is the real issue. I hit both ends well, but my delofting of the clubs (at least, I think) has caused an issue with irons longer than a modern 8/old 7. Maybe I just need an 11wood.


Edit: Just bought an 11wood. Guess my troubles are over (might even need a new hobby).

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:46 AM

Driver or whatever club I use off the tee. Strokes Gained says that around 45% of the strokes I lose relative to a scratch player are off the tee. Those 14 swings a round determine whether I have a chance to break 80 versus struggling to keep it under 90.

And it isnít due to ďmissed fairwaysĒ. Itís the OB, lost ball and chip sideways out of the woods that drive my scores.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:46 AM

1) Driver / 3-wood off the tee
2) Wedges around the green
3) Full approach shot accuracy

If putting is driving my score it means I am either putting lights out or having a horrid putting day. Neither of those happen very often and when it is a lights out day with the putter that usually means my chipping and approach shots are on. The extremes are usually driven by green conditions of either very fast or very slow. Anywhere in-between and the putting will be fairly consistent without too much variation (with the rare exception). I can more easily get away with a poor putting day versus a poor driving or wedge day. The tee shots and wedges can cause much more variance in my game than putting.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:50 AM

Approach irons.  

Hitting more greens takes the pressure off the putter.  
I love 2-putt pars.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:03 AM

If i had to put them in order...

1. Wedges
2. Putter
3. Driver
4. Long irons/hybrid
5. 7-9 irons

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:05 AM

Its all about the tee shot for me, I can gouge my way around the green reasonably well but like a poster said above, hitting 3 off the tee ruins any chance of a decent score (and usually ensures that steam is coming out of my ears by the time I get to the green anyway, meaning finesse on the green is elusive!). Hmm now that I have written it down, its all clear what I need to do to improve!!!

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:12 AM

It's hard to pick between the driver or wedge, both are critical. Drive it ob or into the trees, then wedges can only do so much. I have saved par, although, after driving into the trees only to be saved by sticking a wedge.
In this order:
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:16 AM

I would say putter and wedges.

My driver rarely gets me into serious trouble and even if I to punch my way out from under trees or pitch out of thick rough I can usually make up the difference. At my level GIR is still only an aspiration rather than an expectation so whether it's two long shots and a chip or one naff drive and two good shots makes no difference to the score. I sometimes lay up at 100 yards anyway so whether I have to truncate my second shot or am forced to do that by recovering from a wayward drive makes no difference. Of course if/when GIR becomes an expectation that will change.

But wedges matter because if I have to chip I'm putting my score at risk. Conversely if I can do a full swing with them I'm looking at a chance for a one putt.

And the putter matters because..well..it's the putter. I can compensate for a poor drive but a missed putt is a missed putt. Ain't no way to make that back up.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:39 AM

Driver.

When I'm hitting my driver well my overall game transforms.Irons are my biggest strength and I will hit a lot more greens.  My misses being much closer to the green where my short game is actually decent means more up and downs. Putting is my other strength and stays fairly consistent.

My short game is the worst part of my game but I find I end up with my toughest short game shots when my driving is poor.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:45 AM

I find that a hot short game and especially putter, combined with hitting 5-6 tee shots into the woods lets me scrape out an 88 or 89.

But if I hit 8-10 fairways and keep my tee shots between the tree line, a mediocre chipping and putting day lets me shoot 81 or 82.

It's hard for even a fantastic short game to make up for a couple of penalty strokes and half a dozen pitch-outs.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:47 AM

In order of most important for me:

1) short game (inside 30 yards)
2) putting
3) driving (driver and 3 wood)
4) wedges (outside 30 yards)
5) short irons
6) mid irons
7) long irons

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:53 AM

I am with Ferguson on this one.  Approach shots, especially with mid-irons and hybrids, make all the difference for me.  I am pretty much going to make par or better anytime I can put a putter in my hand on or around the green.  Miss greens far enough where I have to elevate the ball with a pitch or bunker shot and my par percentage starts dropping.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:56 AM

Putter without a doubt.  The rest of my game is pretty strong.  Sunday I only missed two greens in regulation but I putted poorly on some crazy fast greens witch negated a lot of very good play.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 09:59 AM

Driver....I've found it very difficult to make par from OB.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 10:32 AM

One thing I have found recently with my new swing is that shot length matters more than I thought. With my old swing my reliable clubs (9i and shorter) only covered me within 110 yards and that often left an awkward gap. So often I was faced with either approaching the green with a longer club than was sensible or else inserting an extra wedge that got me to the magic 90 yard distance.

But now those same clubs cover me out to 130 yards and the extra distance I get off my irons and hybrids means that gap has reduced a lot. If I could just tame the random nature of those long shots I can see GIR becoming the norm. And if that does happen then I can begin to see how a good drive could be an important scoring tool.

If it can reduce the length of club you need for your approach from a mid-iron to a wedge then that's an advantage worth having.

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