Originally Posted by Number7
Yes being a complete player helps a bunch, but unless you only play courses very long, you would only need your Driver on a few holes. 2/3 iron out and a long to short iron would be possible on most par 4s and all par 5s. Being very good with the irons this strategy should bring you down from hdc 15.
How do you hit your 3 wood?
very well. slight draw, 260 or so, and i nut it good either off the turf or tee. i really should hit it more than i do, especially for <400 holes or par 5s with tighter fairways and just go for the GIR. But I just love laying a drive 300 yds down the pipe. also, i'm LH so it's not easy finding a good 2i. i hit a 3h for 230 and the 3i for 215 and keep them both in my bag along with a 3w and D, so i find myself hitting the 3h of shorter tighter tee boxes.
keep in mind that last year was the first year I ever played golf more than twice in a summer. i struggled to break 100 all year, and then one day in late july i realized that "transfer your weight" does not mean "slide your hips back in your backswing". i confirmed this by holding my mouse cursor over tiger's back hip in a slomo youtube video. within two weeks i was mid-80s consistently, making GIRs from all over the map, and at the end of the summer i bought the irons. iron shots have a playable draw and misses tend to be hooks but i'm not missing them much anymore. to protect against that i've opened my iron stance an inch or so.
my driver misses have always been solidly hit push-slices. that said, i've been striping my driver since last fall after closing my driver stance about an inch or two. i put up a 38 on the front 9 yesterday (home course is about 71.5/136). of course, i got so excited about breaking 80 i put up a 46 on the back including driving OB on each of the last two holes. next time.
in short, if i was really playing competitively, i'd probably play conservative and hit the 3w or 3r more often. but i'm stupid and young and me like hit big ball.