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25 More Yards or 3 Less Putts Per Round  

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  1. 1. If you could be guaranteed one of these every round, which would you choose on a permanent basis...think about your answer..it might not be obvious

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This is like a trick question. Because ‘25 yards longer’ equals about 3 strokes off your round in the grand ‘strokes gained’ scheme of things. The question amounts to whether you would rather drop 3 strokes from the tee or around the green. It’s still 3 strokes. I think I would rather have a sharper short game and putter... But upping my average drive to 285 would be pretty cool too, so... AUGH! It’s a trick question!!!!!


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In true fashion..... .....I could monkey paw both of these choices.    If we choose 25 extra yards, you're now experiencing 25 extra yards of trouble once you get off line and lose jus

So I am late to the party on this one, but for me its a no brainer.  Take 3 strokes off.  That would take me from a +3 to a +6 and that would make me competitive in the US Mid Am's and US AM's.   This

I'll say the 25 yards as well.   I first thought the three strokes, but then realized if I can get 25 yards on some holes, I could go from hitting a hybrid to a 6 or possibly 7 iron, or from hitting a

In true fashion.....

.....I could monkey paw both of these choices. 

 

If we choose 25 extra yards, you're now experiencing 25 extra yards of trouble once you get off line and lose just as many strokes as you gained by extra distance. 

If we choose 3 strokes, take your 3 strokes and get no more for the rest of your career. 

 

 

Gun to my head, I'll go with the 3 strokes but it's gotta be the RIGHT three strokes. I choose the 3 strokes that I hit into hazards or jail per round (give or take). Those are usually worth 2-3 each on the scorecard as it is plus I'll now be in better position to attack the course. 

 

The only way I'd ever choose 25 yards is if I can choose sideways yards to straighten me out. I guess if I could do that, I'd be choosing both options 🤭

 

 

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I'm taking the 25 yards.  Figure I could turn that into more than 3 strokes because I am hitting shorter clubs into the green.  Of course that does put me in my current trouble area. 

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While having 2-3 less clubs into the green or hitting less clubs every time but that doesn’t always guarantee a low score so I’m taking the 3 less strokes every round 

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I am taking the three strokes.  I don't care how I save those three strokes..I just want them.  "Lowest score wins"...always

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If I want to nitpick I’d take the 3 strokes because if I play the tees I currently do the extra 25 yards puts me in more trouble by driving thru fairways.


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The question was non-specific with regards to the 25 yards. If adding 25 yards is in the woods I want no part of that. I’m hitting it longer, so what if I am stuck behind a tree. Frankly I’ll go 25 yards shorter than I am now of I lose a guaranteed 3 strokes off of my score.

And I’ll give you something else to think about. I’ve lost count of the number of dudes I’ve played against who could easily outdrive me. However, 9 times out of 10 I beat these longer hitters because while they have a massive distance advantage they usually have no short game.

So go ahead, outdrive me by 25 yards. I’ll take the three strokes which is the purpose of this game to begin with, isn’t it?


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Does my 25 extra yards translate to any other parts of my game? Will I hit my irons a little further was well?

Boy you want it all don't you. Ha

One wish. So irons remain the same 🤪


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Since so many asked. The 25 yards comes with your same level of normal accuracy off the tee. So it's not neccesarily in the trees unless you are already always in the trees.


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Here's how one person at our course answered it. He said 25 yards times 14 holes equals 350 yards your shortening the course by.

So 350 yards is normally 4 strokes. So by taking the 25 yards he's saving 4 strokes not 3. So he took the strokes and ran.

Of course his logic isn't really the way those 350 yards play out. But it showed a different way of looking at it.


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19 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:


Boy you want it all don't you. Ha

One wish. So irons remain the same 🤪


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Hey it’s a fair question lol. I’m assuming the guys doing the super speed golf will see more yardage with irons not just driver

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The easy answer is use truegolffit to get the 25 extra yards off the tee and take the 3 strokes.


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The average handicap for the 25 yards is about 12. 

The average handicap for the 3 shots is about 7. 

I think this shows that at a lower handicap, it is harder to shave off a few shots than at a high handicap. For a high handicap, hitting a shorter club into the green is paramount. Lower handicaps are usually better ball strikers so an 8 iron VS a PW isn't as big of a deal as it is to a higher handicap. 

Just my $0.02. 

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Drop 3 strokes without making any improvement in my swing, nor in my course management nor in my overall game??!!??

I'm in!!!

For me - and I may be an atypical golfer - I've found that as I've improved my swing technique that I've improved my distances with each club. However..... I've not (yet!!) seen a commensurate improvement in the number of strokes struck per round.

So I'll take the Magic 3 and continue to work to improve my overall golf game .. and so hopefully continue dropping a few additional strokes on my own going forward.

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I’ll take the 25 yards for sure....would give me more approach shots with scoring clubs in my hands, I could potentially shave much more than 3 strokes with that new found advantage


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OK, I get 1 I'll take the 3 strokes off per round. the extra 25 yds does not guarantee a center of the fairway drive it just means it'll go 25 yards longer. That might be dead center but it could also equal 10 yds further left/right or more.. 3 strokes is 3 strokes. I can improve and still take off 3 strokes. it says 3 strokes off guaranteed every round, not just one round or once off your hndcp. IF (and mind you that's a big IF) I were to improve to a scratch golfer (see Big IF) i would then equal a -3. Even as a mid hndcp player 3 strokes off could put me into legend status.. LOL.. 

 

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Easily 3 strokes.

I can’t make five birdies a round despite carrying a driver 275 and hitting wedges into almost all par 4’s that I play.


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Here's how one person at our course answered it. He said 25 yards times 14 holes equals 350 yards your shortening the course by.

So 350 yards is normally 4 strokes. So by taking the 25 yards he's saving 4 strokes not 3. So he took the strokes and ran.

Of course his logic isn't really the way those 350 yards play out. But it showed a different way of looking at it.


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This is exactly how I was looking at it. I believe that I would get a bit over 3 strokes per round with 25 more yards. I’m very accurate off the tee so this may not hold for everyone - your strokes gained for 25 yards per hole may be less because inaccuracies will add penalty strokes.

It’s not the length per se it’s the strokes gained via the length that I’m after. I’m banking that I would get more than 3 by taking the 25.

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25yds more distance. Over multiple rounds and multiple holes that extra 25yds would put me in many positions that would allow me to take 3 or more shots off of my score.


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I’d take the 25 yards, because the strokes will fall if I’m hitting shorter clubs into the greens.


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