I was asked a question by one of my friends yesterday about golf. This is not an unusual thing; however this question got me thinking. I answered very quickly, but now that I had the chance to think about it, I thought it would be a great topic for an article.
Of course, the choices he gave me were very pie in the sky, but sometimes it is fun to play the “what if” game. It is great fun to think of how good my game could be come if I had half the skill of some of the pros. I would be able to hit the ball over many hazards and zero in on pins as if it was second nature.
Mac asked if I would “rather drive the ball like Dustin Johnson or hit my wedges like Phil Mickelson?” Of course the right response would have been Dustin Johnson because my short game rivals Phil Mickelson’s anyway. (this is when I wake up from my fantasy and actually answer the question)
I immediately said Phil Mickelson’s short game. In my opinion, his wedge play is the best on the PGA Tour or at least the most exciting. The short game, as we have discussed in the past, is where most amateurs save the most strokes. Having the ability to change doubles to bogeys, bogeys to pars and pars to birdies is all accomplished using the short irons. So I would, without hesitation, pick Phil Mickelson’s short game over Dustin Johnson’s booming drives.
Of course, I would be crazy not to envy Johnson’s ability to crush the ball, but in the long run this skill will not have the greatest impact on my game. I am not long off the tee, but generally straight. Therefore, only being able to hit it longer would not lower my scores that much.
It is a very interesting question and I am sure not everyone will answer the same way. So, I pose the question to you: Would you rather drive the ball like Dustin Johnson or hit my wedges like Phil Mickelson?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!