Originally Posted by spgranger
I've only been playing the game for about a year, so take this with a grain of salt. I've heard/read people talk about how you should only work on short game stuff when you first start playing the game before, and I have to say I strongly disagree. I don't disagree necessarily because I think it wouldn't make you score better, but I think that sometimes people put a little too much emphasis on scoring for beginners. The game should be fun, and you can certainly get better at a perfectly reasonable rate while alternating practicing several different aspects of the game on a regular basis rather than simply focusing on the most immediate means to improve scoring. I just think that very few recreational players will stick with the game while focusing solely on chipping/putting and the like for an extended period of time when they begin playing. Part of what makes the game fun is the wide variety of situations and shots that arise during a round.
I agree fully. It's not about scoring as much as catching even just one shot on the range semi-pure. I watch a lot of beginners hit bad shot after bad shot and then the 20th time catch the one pretty good with a big smile on their faces that keeps them coming back.