matchavez, on 02 March 2018 - 03:33 AM, said:
Pine, for a dude who faps over stats, you need to chill on something you're wrong about.
The statistics are simple; after driver, you should be playing the club you can consistently hit longest off the ground.
I totally agree with your post. The poster himself said the three wood is longer off the ground.
Speaking of taking things to extremes, I'm obviously not advocating topping four three woods a round. I'm suggesting that people judge the quality of a shot based on how it looks and feels and not the scores it creates because they "keep track" using a mixture of memory and emotion, which is going to weight heavily toward massively embarrassing or rewarding shots - its how our brains work. High and straight is only good if your alignment is good, for example. I've literally played a round with a guy who cursed after thinning a mid-iron to the back fringe but, on a par 3, hit a gorgeous shot into the water, turned to me and said "got it good though" while smiling. It went in the damn water, and he is telling himself "good job" - meanwhile the other one is on the green, and he is storing "bad shot".
I'm not arguing that more people should hit 3 wood out of some sort of blind dogma, I'm arguing more people should hit longer clubs and be more aggressive because *they are better than they think they are with those clubs*. Our brains are trained to avoid embarrassment and fear more than they are incentivized to get after it. I think a whole lot of people would score lower if they played clubs based on their actual games and not the narrative they've made up in their head about their games.
You'll note that in the post I replied to the gentleman talked at length about why he plays a hybrid instead of a three wood. How many times did he mention score?
if someone actually measures it and determines - over a reasonable sample - that they are significantly better with a higher lofted wood and 3 wood is a wasted spot, you won't hear a peep from me. But these memories and desires to hit pretty shots masquerading as scoring statistics lead to awful decisions.
Edited by pinestreetgolf, 02 March 2018 - 09:25 AM.