My golf’s better than my score! – Final Thoughts

I thought I’d better wrap this up. Thanks to everyone that’s emailed and commented on what has turned out to be a fairly controversial topic.

The consensus seems to be that we’d all prefer a good score. We’re mostly Machevellian golfers at heart, the ends justifies the means:

AD: “I’ve got no idea how I managed to do that, felt like I hit the ball terrible, I’ll take the score but…”Herb: “I’ve struck the ball well for a long time with no good scores, I say bring on the ugly low round.”

Paul: “The card doesn’t ask how, just how many!!!”

GolfSwingSimplified: “If I can’t fantasize about “how good I REALLY am”, then what’s the point of playing?”

Some of us would rather stick to the idea of playing good golf rather than scoring well:

Geno: I’d rather play well than score well. Nothing is more frustrating than spraying it all over the place and not have a clue as how to get it back.

But I think Cal is getting close to the point here:

If you’ve hit the ball crap, but managed a reasonable score, doesn’t that just mean you’ve scrambled your ar$e off around the course.

Long drives and close approach shots are such a feature of the modern game of golf that we tend to forget about our solid recovery shots, good chip shots and scrambling putts. In both professional and amateur golf, putts account for over a third of number of shots played on the golf course. If we include chip shots, bunker shots and any other shots within 50 metres of the green, we’re talking about 50% of golf.

This is nothing profound and nothing that hasn’t been said before, but it’s an important point to be reminded of once again. It highlights a couple of things. The first is that it shows just how important a good short game is and requires just as much practice as the long game.

Secondly, if we say “I didn’t hit the ball well but had a good score”, we are usually referring to the long game: drives and iron shots. The fact we can still scratch out a good score is probably due to the fact the short game saved the day. Conversely, if we state “I hit the ball well, but couldn’t score”, will often mean we couldn’t close it out around the short stuff.

It’s the nature of the game and why we love it. It’s full of power and finesse, but it’s the power that gets all the attention much of the time. Get a good short game and on days when you hit the ball well, you’ll also score well.

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