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#1 Rusty_Chopper_1984

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:36 PM

Ok played 2 par comps last weekend. Each time heard the same thing. When on for birdie, dont try to hole the putt. Get it close. I know par still equals a plus but its still an extra stroke.

So my question is, why do some people have this mentality?

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:52 PM

I think of Par as being matchplay against the ideal golfer on the same handicap as you. For example, I'm off 9, so I would be expected to par nine holes and bogey nine holes. If I were really playing match play against someone, and I had two strokes (putts) for a win on a hole where I got a stroke, I probably wouldn't adopt an aggressive strategy.

 

It depends on what you see as important in your personal game vis-a-vis the comp: scoring well or getting birdies (even if you don't need one).

 

As an aside, my son equalled the course record (68 or 2 under) at Trentham back in May. He was -3 with a somewhat downhill 5-metre putt for birdie on the last hole. Going for it, he putted a bit aggressively but it just missed. It ran 1.5 metres past the hole and he then missed the putt coming back. Tapped in for bogey and a 68. Had he been a bit more conservative with his first putt and just two-putted, he'd have had the course record outright.

 

By the way, he didn't actually know the course record was his for the taking.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:52 PM

Some have this theory for putting generally - that on a lag putt you are not actually aiming to hole it, but to get it close.  I follow Bob Rotella's philosophy on this - what on earth is the advantage in not aiming to try and get the ball in the hole.

 

Beside, when I play par is the only time I get birdies.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 12:56 PM

Some have this theory for putting generally - that on a lag putt you are not actually aiming to hole it, but to get it close. I follow Bob Rotella's philosophy on this - what on earth is the advantage in not aiming to try and get the ball in the hole.

Beside, when I play par is the only time I get birdies.


Ill have to get a copy of rotella's book. Is that putting out of your mind?
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 01:00 PM

Ok for instance par 4. Drove down the guts. Aim was to get it close to the green. Got a good bounce and it ran onto 8 feet. Just missed the birdie. A playing partner said to me you wouldnt have wanted that birdie to go in cause you get nothing for it.
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 01:20 PM

Ill have to get a copy of rotella's book. Is that putting out of your mind?

 

That's the one - I highly recommend.  But all of his books are good.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 01:52 PM

Ok played 2 par comps last weekend. Each time heard the same thing. When on for birdie, dont try to hole the putt. Get it close. I know par still equals a plus but its still an extra stroke.

So my question is, why do some people have this mentality?

 

You don't need to make the putt to get the best possible score on that hole according to the competition of the day. Eliminate any risk and just get your plus. Simple as that.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 02:35 PM

Ok for instance par 4. Drove down the guts. Aim was to get it close to the green. Got a good bounce and it ran onto 8 feet. Just missed the birdie. A playing partner said to me you wouldnt have wanted that birdie to go in cause you get nothing for it.

 

I'd want my putt to go in - I love 1-putts.  But I'd also be making sure that, if it didn't, I wasn't risking a 3-putt by 'going for it'.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 02:50 PM

My mindset is a putt is a putt..irrelevant of the situation.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 03:03 PM

My mindset is a putt is a putt..irrelevant of the situation.

 

Or, as mooseputter says: A putt is a putt then a putt then a putt.


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 03:06 PM

Or, as mooseputter says: A putt is a putt then a putt then a putt.

sounds like a stuttering bike..putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt, putt



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 05:51 PM

Id never thought about it like that.

If I have a shot at birdie/eagle, im going to take it.

Maybe thats why I was 11 down in my last par comp?
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:13 PM

Ok for instance par 4. Drove down the guts. Aim was to get it close to the green. Got a good bounce and it ran onto 8 feet. Just missed the birdie. A playing partner said to me you wouldnt have wanted that birdie to go in cause you get nothing for it.


He's a wanker.

I always keep track of my stroke score, so I'd be pissed if I shot 81/82 but left a few putts out there because I wanted to halve a hole and potentially missed out on breaking 80 for the first time ever
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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:40 PM

The objective for me in par comps is to have pluses and no minuses ,so if i have two putts for a plus i try to sink it but only just ,if it pulls up a foot short i dont care because the plus is my objective .3 putting for a square because you tried to sink the first putt is a silly waste in the context of the competition


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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:52 PM

used to play a modified par where if you did get a birdie on a hole with a shot it went down as a double plus ++


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