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Poll: Long Game Vs Short Game? (25 member(s) have cast votes)

Which part of the game has more value in Golf?

  1. Short Game (Wedges, Putter) (16 votes [64.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 64.00%

  2. Long Game (Driver, Fairway Wood, Irons) (9 votes [36.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 36.00%

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#1 mygolfguruph



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:01 PM

Golf has always been a shot of specialty!. Some excel over their infamous putting technique, and a couple would brag about their 190yard 7 iron off the tee!. Like any puzzle, our golf game is structured preferably in one of the fields. The question remains, which has more value to you? and why is it important!
Long Game
  • Driver - "The Big Stick" is crucial on pacing up your game. Having a solid off the tee shot on a par 4/5 puts you in contention for a well-deserved birdie. Depending on how far you hit it, a solid drive is a clear advantage over your buddies. Using it 14 times (excluding par 3s) makes it underwhelming, yet it's the most prized possession in a golf bag.
  • Fairway Woods - A great sidekick for the mid-range distance hitter, and a club for playing it subtle off the tee. Someone who values course management will have a fairway wood at his/her disposal!.
  • Irons - the term "ball striker" is given to amateurs with good iron control. To play around with a draw to a "low draw" is significant to have that 3ft putt for birdie.
Short Game
  • Wedges - Our lifeline, the butter of our bread, and a shot caller that'll save your round!. mastering your wedge shots has its own league of specialties. Greenside bunker shots, the long chip & roll, Flop shot, and a scope of characteristics where imagination is key!.
  • Putter - Often overlooked, putting is the gateway for shooting lower scores. This makes up 40% of our golf game and we barely give it much attention. If you wanna rake in lower scores, then "putt" some practice into it!.


So Which is it?
Finding your balance, and giving love for every department is the key!. Knowing your weakness is crucial to understand your core strengths!. The learning cycle of the game differentiates as you get better at it. In my opinion, a weekend golfer would prioritize their long game than of an experienced player polishing up their short game.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:34 PM

Making putts is the difference for me. I know I will make mistakes from tee to green. If I putt well it then gives you confidence across your whole game

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:41 PM

I've gone short game.

No point bombing it 300 if you can't hit an iron into a green from 130

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:49 PM

Short game.


I can be ok, poor, crap or my usual self in the long game and it makes not a lot of difference to my score.


But every time I've walked off the 18th after a decent round it's been because my chipping & putting were good.



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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:51 PM

Mind game
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:13 PM

It's long game AND short game, both essential.

If my drives are straight, I'm chipping them close and the putts are dropping, then I'll have a good score.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:13 PM


No use knocking on great putts for double and triple bogie on every hole

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:14 PM

If my drives are straight

Not talking about your cart driving, obviously.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:21 PM

Not talking about your cart driving, obviously.

No complaints, so far.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:32 PM

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:34 PM

Well I for one have voted for ...... the long game. (which includes irons)


It has been proven by statistical analysis that the limiting factor to handicaps is ..... driving distance. The less distance off the tee you can hit it, the higher your "best" potential handicap figure is going to be.


Which is why there are no longer any "short hitters" of note on tour ........ they all just bomb it out there these days, and take their punishment by hitting wedges from the rough, rather than 5 irons from the fairway into greens.


Sure the short game is certainly key to a good score, but ..... you got to get there first.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:57 PM

long game & long game and then more long game

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:35 AM

Went the short game.  Can't hit it long anymore, so from within 70m and putting is important to my score.   No wonder it is soooo, bad.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 06:40 AM

The worse your long game is, the better your short game has to be. You can have a good long game and a **** short game and still play decent golf.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:08 AM

Long game.  If your long game is good, then you can carry a poor short game.  Even if you three putt every green you can easily get away with a mid teens handicap if you are reaching the greens in reg.  If you can't get close to a green in regulation, your short game needs to be well above average to achieve the same level of handicap.


Obviously with the pros, once you are comparing yourself to people who can *all* hit greens in regulation, then those with a short game are going to be better players.


However, this comes with the wrinkle that short game has less barriers to improvement for people who aren't super long hitters.  It takes a lot of work to get an extra 20 metres with the driver and irons, but it takes less athletic ability to learn how to putt and chip well.  So probably most higher handicapped players will get more improvement by focussing on the short game.

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