Not all golf is good for your game! Before you start thinking I am crazy and clicking away; read a bit more and see where I am going. Lately, I have played more scramble tournaments than regular stroke play. It is great fun and I still have an event next week to play before my tournament season starts to wind down. The the real questions is all this tournament play good for my game!
Playing scramble and stroke golf are two different beasts. Yes, you still have to hit the ball, but the strategy is different because of that playing in too many scramble tournaments does not necessarily keep my game sharp. I need to stay focused on what I can do during stroke play instead of the bash, chip and putt approach to scramble golf.
I realize that many of you are thinking that scramble golf is good for your game, but I am not convinced. During the past 6 rounds of scramble golf, I realized that chipping from 50 yards more often than not does not play into my strengths. This is definitely an in-between shot that I rarely practice. And it is not a shot that I plan to spend a whole bunch of time trying to perfect.
During stroke play, I tend to stay around the 80 yard mark or hit to within 25 yards. It is the half wedges that I have challenges with and unfortunately during scramble games that is the distances we seem to hit from the most. My stroke game allows me to control the course management and hit the shots I need to hit to play well. During a scramble, it is golf by consensus.
Bottom line is that too much scramble golf is not good for my game from a score perspective. Mentally, it is awesome because it is great fun and I enjoy playing golf with friends. That aspect of the game does not need improving because golf is a contact sport. Regardless, I always play a string of scramble events every year about this time and have learned to endure the stresses on my game.
Too much scramble events is not good for my game, but it is part of my golf season. I love playing is these events and will worry about scoring low in a week or so! Does any specific format have a detrimental affect on your golf game?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!