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Quick Poll: Lay up or Go for it?

Mike D., Team Titleist Manager Team Titleist Staff

We've all found ourselves facing this very question on the course... Lay up or Go for it? Are you someone's who's always going for it, never laying up, no matter the situation? Do you tend to take a more conservative approach and play to a number, setting up your next shot? Or does it always depend on the situation? Cast your vote in the quick poll below and add a comment to share your approach or the story behind your strategy.

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  1. Mike D., Team Titleist Manager

    Last season, I definitely played more conservative in those situations and opted to lay up to a number about 80% of the time. This season, my plan is to always go for it and take a more aggressive approach to the game. We'll see how this shakes out, and it will definitely be a fun experiment.
  2. Jeffery M

    Depends on how I'm hitting the ball that day. Most of the time going for it. Can never get enough Birdie or Eagle chances.
  3. Robert H

    My first thought is.... Where it the pin! While waiting for others to hit, I will exhaust all my "I can make that shot" thoughts, before I figure out that is not an option, or the smart play. But I'll thread that needle or carry that hazard if given the chance. But hey!... That's just me.
  4. Dwayne N

    If at a familiar venue where I understand reward risk and know the distances really well I am going for it. If not I will layup unless the only way I can win is go for it. I have a playing partner who's motto is " I didn't drive out here to layup" great motto if you didn't count strokes. Needless to say I beat him more than not. Lol!
  5. Steve S

    On my home course at the Jersey Shore, it all depends on the wind that day. If It's against you, your just not going to make it. No wind,or wind with me, I'm going for it. Great post!
    Play Well,
    Steve S.
  6. Roger K

    Dwayne N

    If at a familiar venue where I understand reward risk and know the distances really well I am going for it. If not I will layup unless the only way I can win is go for it. I have a playing partner who's motto is " I didn't drive out here to layup" great motto if you didn't count strokes. Needless to say I beat him more than not. Lol!

    "...great motto if you don't count strokes." Eyup.

    An alternative for me is: "I didn't drive out here to shoot in the 100s."
  7. Mike H

    Always go for it the shorter distance to the green seems to be an higher percentage shot than further away if I do end up missing the green. I also don’t mind playing out of a bunker.
  8. Rick V., Team Titleist Staff

    I'm committed this season to an experiment in aggression. I'm going to play five straight rounds where it's birdie or bust. A par will be no better than a triple-bogey or quad. I'm going to aim at every flag and punch myself if I leave any putts short. Then I'm going to play five straight rounds with a "smart" mindset and I'm going to compare the results, not solely by score, but also by how enjoyable or frustrating each strategy is. The ideal approach will lie somewhere in the middle, but I suspect it will be much closer to Roy McAvoy than David Simms.
  9. Tim Tiger

    I tend to "Go for it" over the conservative approach. When I was being taught to play that was something my dad instilled. I do occasionally lay up or hit less than driver off the tee. But the majority of the time it's "Hit it"

    TT
  10. Guy O

    In “the good old days” when I was young and could play a little bit, it was “no guts no glory”!! Now every shot counts and I try not to waste any! I’m not sure if that means I’m any smarter or just know my limitations!
  11. J.R. F

    I'm fairly conservative in my play but started forcing myself to be more aggressive to try and post some lower scores. It generally worked.
  12. Dale V

    Normal play, I am always conservative but in a scramble I always try for the near impossible.
  13. Tyler H

    Rick V., Team Titleist Staff

    I'm committed this season to an experiment in aggression. I'm going to play five straight rounds where it's birdie or bust. A par will be no better than a triple-bogey or quad. I'm going to aim at every flag and punch myself if I leave any putts short. Then I'm going to play five straight rounds with a "smart" mindset and I'm going to compare the results, not solely by score, but also by how enjoyable or frustrating each strategy is. The ideal approach will lie somewhere in the middle, but I suspect it will be much closer to Roy McAvoy than David Simms.

    I look forward to hearing the results.
  14. Barry B

    I'm usually fairly conservative and tend to play the high percentage shots, but this fall I started to go all-in more often with my success rate being approximately 50%. These fall rounds were all for fun, so it's easier to go for it when there's no real downside. Once spring comes around and I'm back playing matches with meaning, then I'm sure mr. conservative will show back up.
  15. Michael JC

    Different holes call for different strategy! How far a carry, and wind etc.
    Plus, is the ProV-1 brand new?
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