You make a great point, "scoring is all about short game". The phrase seems cliché at this point, but it's supported by more than just statistics.
If you recall Mike, we were reminded of the importance of scoring shots over and over again by our tour professionals and golf ball fitting team last year during our stops on tour and at our television shoots.
Zach Johnson particularly sticks in my head, as he told us that he begins testing and fitting a new golf ball on and around the green. Once Zach feels comfortable, he moves back to the fairway and eventually the tee. He went on to say that if his Pro V1x feels good around the green, Zach will adjust his irons/driver shaft and head to fit his golf ball.
Therefore, I'm also going to focus my efforts on my scoring shots:
I need to improve my long game and GIR. I also want to increase my short game practice.
The mental game is very important to improve upon this season. Having the Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) on every shot no matter how bad or how good. Giving my playing partners the ability to feed off of my PMA and enjoy every minute on the course and while practicing. Visualize the shot, know you can hit the shot, and execute.
P.S. It also helps to have a Pro V in the bag.
I am focusing on chipping and putting. I have a 6 year old daughter and twin girls that are 5 so my goal is to get at least one of them interested in golf this summer!
It's good to read that many of you are planning to focus more on the short game. You WILL save strokes! Still, perfect practice yields perfect results. To that end, I STRONGLY recommend you buy, Dave Pelz's "Short Game Bible". It's the best $30 I've ever spent on golf.Let me add, for chip shots around the green, might I suggest you build a "base chipping stroke" with a 7 iron? Then, hit chips with a 5 iron and note how far it rolls out. Then, do the same with a 6 iron down to your lob wedge. This will give you a base line for how far your chips can be expected to roll out with each club. You can then choose how to play the chip depending on the speed, the grain and slope of your chip. I was taught this by a former tour caddie and it is VERY useful.
Learn to control low draws and fades with the AP2's.
Great suggestion, Ron.
Here's the new thread...
Justin, Steve and Joe, I hope to see you guys over there.
Mike DePaoloTeam Titleist Manager
Last spring diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, had surgery and so far so good. Lost swing speed from not being able to play for 4months and losing great amount of weight (muscle)! My goal is increase swing speed, and hit more GIRs!
I need to improve my drives off the tee, I know that when I get my new 913d2 I won't have to worry about that though. And also I need to play more rounds of golf this year.