Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:36 PM
I am guessing it is about as hard (i.e. almost impossible) for Luke Donald to drop a stroke in the stroke game as it is in the long one. For the amateur who never practices putting or short game, there are lots of short game strokes out there. After you practice it dilligently for a year or so, not so much.
There's still a bit of athleticism necessary to be successful at a golf swing. The putting stroke is probably the only thing in golf you can truly be "as good as you want to be" at due to it's simplicity.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:51 PM
Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:49 PM
If youre hitting only 6 or so GIR, how much difference can your short game make? Getting up and down a few times and shooting 95 instead of 100 isn't the answer, is it?
Full shot swing consistency is the answer if you want to improve your score, IMHO. As others have pointed out, if you can't get it in play or keep it in bounds, having a good short game won't do much good.