There is nothing I like better than hearing a fishing story evolve over the years. You know, the story of the 2 pound pickerel that grew to 6 pounds and took 45 minutes to get into the boat. I need to refine my remarks and say I like nothing better than hearing a fish story, except for a golf tale!
I enjoy hearing how far amateurs hit the ball and explain that distance is never their issue. They can hit a 5-iron like the pros, but have a bit of a challenge putting. So, their game is not quite as sharp as it should be; have you ever experienced this?
Let’s begin with distance. This is the poll I took just a few days ago:
I found it very interesting that 69% of the respondents hit the ball over 300 yards. Personally, I have hit the ball over 300 yards a few times in my career, but not very often. If I poke a solid drive down the middle, it is usually in the 280 to 290 range. Generally, I am around 240 to 250 yards off the tee. I realize I am not a big hitter, but I am 4 handicap and I know my distances, so when someone says they can really boom the ball, I am a like:
It is the fish story all over again! I understand that many amateurs can spin a tall tale and I have been known to spin a few in my day, but I find it difficult to believe that someone who rarely plays can hit a really long ball. It is possible, but not very probable. Generally, I nod, smile and offer to play golf with them, but that rarely happens.
So, for all the long hitters who think they really boom the ball, grab a distance measuring device and come back to reality. It is not a bad thing that we do not hit the ball like the pros because scoring is all about the short game.
The second poll I sent out to cyber space dealt with the number of putters one owns. I was wondering one morning just how many putters a person owns. I recently purchased my second after 25 years with my original. So, I figured two was a reasonable amount.
As you can see, I fit into my expectations. I can even understand 3 or 4, but 7 or more! That seems like an awful lot of putters. I am thinking that if you are replacing your putter every year or so, then maybe it is time to save your cash and take a couple of putting lessons.
As I tell golfers who chase the next big club, a poor swing is still a poor swing regardless of the equipment. Save yourself a few hundred dollars and talk to your local professional!
Your short game around and on the green is where the most strokes are saved. Good equipment is important, however understanding mechanics and grooving a consistent swing is more important. The choice is up to you.
There you have it: the long and short of golf. Over the years, the stories I hear at the 19th hole have not changed much: most amateurs think they hit the ball farther than they do and buying new putters appears to be a sport. Regardless, I find most of the stories entertaining and enjoy listening to them grow!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!