One of the things people mentioned when asked what is the difference between average and better players is how the better players are good from 100 yards in. This made me wonder about a couple of things:
- Unless playing a course with short par 3s or 4s, which are rare nowadays (of course it also depends on how far one hits the ball), the only 100 yard shots, if not in trouble, on a course are when laying up on par 5s. So, at most, there are only 4 of those shots in a round. They become very important if converted into birdies, especially when taking the risk out of the 2nd shot. But if one has confidence in the long game, wouldn't it be easier to get there in 2 and get up and down for birdie even if the approach is 50 yards short? In which case, there are no 100 yard shots in the round.
- It's great to be able to save par from 100 yards. However, wouldn't it be better to work on the drive so that it is not necessary? If I didn't save par from 100 yards more than 3 times a round, I'd probably think it's the tee shot and not the wedge shot that's the problem. If you are good off the tee, probably don't have too many of these to save par.
- Is this shot important because everyone has become longer so even 400+ yard par 4s are bomb and gouge?