MrJones, on 07 December 2017 - 08:16 AM, said:
pinestreetgolf, on 06 December 2017 - 06:22 PM, said:
Realizing that mechanical / technical perfection doesn't guarantee you anything in this game, and just getting into a cruising mindset where i'm just hitting greens. Open look, hit green. Open look, hit green. On the back 9 of the 46-33 round I hit 8. It doesn't have to be in the fairway, but open look hit the green. Open look hit the green. Open look hit the green. Open look hit the green. When I try to do more than that (i.e. knock down pins that are tough, worry about hitting it too far on a short pin, etc...) I get in trouble. Open look hit the green. I have a tendency to think if I can just make perfect swings I'll make a perfect score, which is nonsense, but doesn't stop me thinking it! Tee shot creates an open look at the green, iron hits it. Open look, hit green. Open look, hit green. Cruise.
When I'm at my best I'm planning my second shot while standing on the tee box. When I'm at my worst I'm thinking technical thoughts about my driver swing while standing on the tee box.
Hahaha we have very similar games. Even the long blast out of the bunker and occasional skulls.
I feel like I can hit every green if I can see it with no obstacles in my path. But my course is one where a drive too far left or right will leave you in the trees or with a tree fully/partially blocking the hole.
This is why when I read the topic title asking (the way I read it), "what club most dictates your score", I answered Driver. How I hit it and where my tee shots end up will most dictate how I score on any given round. My best round ever I happen to hit 12 of 14 fairways.
I look at it like we reach skill levels with different parts of our game. Right now my irons and putting are strong. Driver is ok. Wedge game is sketchy. I honestly don't believe me improving my iron play from where I'm at would lower my scores.
How often do you practice your irons from anything other than a perfect range lie? Ever hit a bucket every single one out of a divot? Or pretend your behind a tree and have to curve it 30 feet? Or hit a range bucket out of sand or pull up the grass and hit off bare dirt for an hour?
If all you do is practice hitting irons off range mats and grass the fairway is vital - you can't hit from anywhere else, you haven't practiced it.
"Improving irons" includes being able to hit shots when your driver is bad. The pros are incredible at this. Most amateurs never practice anywhere but perfect lies and then act stunned when they can't hit out of bad lies. A bad a** iron player doesn't need a good driver. Most people assume a good iron shot is impossible without a good lie and that isn't true.
Just throwing it out there. I got a LOT better when I started practicing out of crap on the range. If you practice only from fairway lies it's no wonder you have to hit it to score.
Edited by pinestreetgolf, 07 December 2017 - 06:43 PM.