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Posted on Feb 25, 2015
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birdieking

Joined KS: Jun 19, 2014

As I mentioned in my Lydia Ko topic reply, I believe the single most important thing that separates the greats from the good ones is their short game.

I've watched pros on the driving range of a PGA tour event, and to my untrained eye, I hardly notice any difference from the pros' ball striking (driver or irons). So what separates them? I would guess a great short game and a sound mind that can handle and process pressure differently than the rest.

What do you think?

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
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bogeyman

Joined KS: Jun 03, 2013

Hmmm... I'd rather have a short game, because I don't think I can get more distance. Even if I do, it's probably just another 10-15 yards.

I've got buddies who hit it long but have average short game, and buddies who don't hit their drives that long, but have great short game. Their handicap indexes are about the same.

My opinion, you can't "learn" to be long because you're limited by your physical abilities, but you can practice to be great on your short game, because it's more a mental ability.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
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Yoji

Joined KS: May 12, 2014

The WOW factor always goes with whoever has the long drives. The short game is boring.

Having said that, I still prefer a great short game because that's what puts the ball in the hole.

Bogeyman, what if you're still young? Don't you think you can be trained to be longer? I believe if you can develop the necessary muscles while you are younger to hit it farther. I don't think hitting long drives is a "talent" but more like a skill that can be developed, when you're young, that is.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015
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tw2000

Joined KS: Feb 06, 2013

Long and straight drive, because I don't have any illusions of becoming a pro.

Posted on Mar 03, 2015
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etakmit

Joined KS: Jul 10, 2013

I'd love a short game. I'm generally long, and occasionally straight off the tee box. But being able to get close from 150 and in is what earns you low scores. I've yet to get there. But with a short playing season (4-5 months) and not enough repetition most years I don't know that i ever will!

Posted on Mar 04, 2015
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bogeyman

Joined KS: Jun 03, 2013

etakmit on Mar 03, 2015
I'd love a short game. I'm generally long, and occasionally straight off the tee box. But being able to get close from 150 and in is what earns you low scores. I've yet to get there. But with a short playing season (4-5 months) and not enough repetition most years I don't know that i ever will!
I just saw a Brain Games episode (I may be paraphrasing because I'm not a neurosurgeon) where they were saying that patterns actually create a connection in the brain, so when you encounter that same pattern again, it becomes more "automatic" for you to recognize. Same thing as practice. They're saying you need 10,000 hours to become an "expert" on a particular skill set. 4-5 months a year probably won't cut it.

Or, you can move to Florida or California, where the weather is more golf-friendly.

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