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Distance vs Consistency

Would you sacrifice Distance for Consistency?  

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  1. 1. Would you rather hit your driver 270-300yds but all over the place, or hit 260-275yds and give yourself a chance to score.

    • Take Distance over Consistency, find the ball later
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    • Take Consistency, but be a little bit back
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18 hours ago, Kenny B said:

Wow!   18 yards further!  It's the ball.  It must be the ball.  I think we should roll back the ball.  OK, who's with me on this??

But Kenny... don't you hit it 4 yards more? 🏌️‍♂️

Perhaps it's the tee!

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22 hours ago, Kenny B said:

I have no response for that, since I will never do either.

Say's Mr. Center-Stripe 🤣.  You may have these guys fooled, but we've played together.

As to the OP question, being on the fairway = better scoring for me, more often than not. 

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3 hours ago, PlaidJacket said:

But Kenny... don't you hit it 4 yards more? 🏌️‍♂️

Perhaps it's the tee!

🤣  One of the ladies we play with on the weekends plays those and I gave mine to her.  She needs it more!

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2 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Say's Mr. Center-Stripe 🤣.  You may have these guys fooled, but we've played together.

As to the OP question, being on the fairway = better scoring for me, more often than not. 

Us old guys have to hit the ball straight.  Long and crooked is no good, but short and crooked is much, much worse!!

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The strokes gained guys say a 9 iron from the rough will find the green more often than a 7 iron from the fairway. 

Also, IMO, you can teach consistency a lot easier than you can teach distance. 


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49 minutes ago, txgolfjunkie said:

The strokes gained guys say a 9 iron from the rough will find the green more often than a 7 iron from the fairway. 

Also, IMO, you can teach consistency a lot easier than you can teach distance. 

I'm not sure this is completely accurate, last I checked the fairway/rough break-even differential was around 30 yards.  I just compared proximity on the PGA Tour from 2019.  From 125-150 in the fairway, the mid-level players averaged about 22 feet.  From 100-125 in the rough, the average is about 27 feet.   Even 25 yards closer, the proximity from the rough was significantly worse.

The way the poll question is phrased, I'd pick consistency.  But the original poll question is pretty useless, the question isn't a binary one.  Typically, an increase in driving distance doesn't mean EVERY drive, or even most drives, will be in the rough.  It typically means the percentage of balls in the rough increase, but not dramatically.  A typical choice might be drive it 250, fairway 70%, as compared to drive it 275, fairways 60%.  That means two fewer fairways per round, but 25 yards closer on average for 14 holes.  IF that is the real choice, I'll take the increase in distance, and accept the slight decrease in accuracy.  Of course at my age, I'm just trying to maintain what little distance I get off the tee, there's no way I'm going to pick up 20 or 30 yards.

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Ahh...I was thinking if you could bomb the ball 275-315 yards with a wayward drive here or there vs being 250yds all day long...I'd still choose consistency.  Op doesn't state what kind of short game or what kind of recovery skills you have so it could cost you strokes...in the real world though there have been many times I've tried to play it safe only to be worse off and quite a few times where the fairway is wide open, only to have an unintended slice or hook come in.  

 

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