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That you should lay up to 100 yards if you can’t reach the green. Decade has pretty much disproven this one (absent trouble around the green of course).
My own addition to this list will be how players allot their practice time: the majority should NOT be on the short game. GIR is King, and absent a glaring weakness, you should work on the skills that leads to more GIR. In the short term, short game is the quickest way to lower scores, but on the whole, the best long-term strategy is to improve the driving and approach shots (with customization for the length of typical approach shots you face) and to hit more greens (and hit it a tiny bit closer, too).
I'll never forget, when someone from the media queried Jack Nicklaus' back in the 70's as to what the solution was to solving his short game struggles, his reply was to "hit more greens in regulation."
Yeah, but that was also sort of an admission that he didn't have that great of a short game and didn't have confidence it would improve that much. And a realization that sometimes the way to improve is by strengthening your strengths, not eliminating your weaknesses.Also, a couple of years after that, Jack went to Phil Rodgers to work on his short game, and won a couple more majors. I wonder if he hit more greens in regulation?
Also, a couple of years after that, Jack went to Phil Rodgers to work on his short game, and won a couple more majors. I wonder if he hit more greens in regulation?
I'll second this notion by Tom with a big thumbs up.
Quote from: Kalen Braley on March 07, 2023, 01:00:28 PMI'll second this notion by Tom with a big thumbs up.Statistically, you're both in a fairly small minority. Most golfers (and I don't mean 51% or anything like that, I mean a LOT) hit it closer on average and score better on average when they hit it closer to the green. It doesn't matter how thin you slice it (so long as it's still statistically significant): "10 handicaps from California who are 40 to 45 years old," etc., it holds up.If you both played enough golf… you should spend 30 minutes sometime figuring out how to hit a 70-yard shot. It'd serve you well.
I've tried a variety of options including lob wedge, sand wedge, but I've found full swings with those clubs very problematic off tight lies with both fat and thin shots. So I settled on partial swings with pitching wedge or 9 iron with lower ball flights, but that's where angles really come into play as attempting to hit those shots over bunkers or water get very dicey
When a caddie points to a spot on the green and tells me to aim there, it only helps marginally. I have to see the putt curve in my head. So aiming at a spot isn't that helpful.
Here is one that I think I made up...The wrong club hit well is better than the right club hit poorly.. So, don't overthink choosing the right club. Just hit whatever club you choose well.
I'm very likely to miss the green entirely from 70 yards, which I won't do as often from 100.
I could be mistaken but I thought the USGA commissioned a study which indicated that the grain of the grass did not affect putts.