Originally Posted by Your Boss
Cumulative score over par will be higher per hole on the par 3's than the par 4's most of the time.
Margin for error basically imo. With a par 4 or par 5 start you can somewhat miss your tee shot and still have time to recover. With a long-ish par 3, missing that one shot puts you in a bad spot immediately.
Basically, would you rather start on a 500 yard par 5 or a 200 yard par 3? It's obv different if you are talking about a 480 yard par 4 and a 140 yard par 3.
i understand your reasoning, but isn't this kind of thinking basically just a failure of the mental game?
the course is what it is. we don't wish golf courses into existence, so whether i prefer a 500 yard par 5 with a 100 yard wide fairway doesn't really matter, because if i'm standing on the first tee wishing i was hitting a different shot, haven't i already suffered a defeat before even striking the ball?
i played badlands golf course in vegas yesterday and i remember remarking to my friend about how i didn't like the course because of the short tee shots a lot of the par 4s required. on a few of them, even my 20 degree hybrid was too much club.
but only in this moment do i now realize what a dumb comment and thought that was. if your goal is to defeat the golf course (and other people playing it), wishing the golf course were different can only set a person back. i should have been focused on the shots i actually needed to hit to succeed on the course i was actually playing.
so tomorrow morning on tee #1, won't the first advantage immediately go to the person who isn't wishing they weren't starting on a par 3?