|Posted by ironsolid on August 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM|
The September 2012 Golf Magazine has a very interesting article on page 94-95. The article looked at how recreational golfers play the 18th hole on Dorals Blue Monster compared to how the Pro's play the hole. The 18th is a brute of a par 4 that gives the pros fits, it measures 467 from the tips, and boast a 4.486 scoring avergage. From the white tees it measures a stout 422 yards. The study tracked 74 pro's during the second round of the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship. The study then tracked 57 golfers during a June 30, 2012 round of golf, the average handicap was 17.1, the scoring average was a whopping 5.842 for the hole!
So what was the huge difference? It was iron play!
The take away: Average Joe Golfer hits the fairway almost as many times as the Tour pros 44% vs. 47%, although the dispersion parttern was larger for the amateurs, they difference was only 3% in fairways hit from the tee. The Tour pros actually hit more tee shots into the water hazard as they attempted to shorten the distance of the hole. The huge difference in skill level came on the second shot, just 4 of the 57 amateurs hit the green in regulation. The Tour pros hit the green in regulation 23% of the time almost 3.5 times as often as the recreational golfer.
Want lower numbers on your scorecard? Hit more greens in regulation!
If you want to play more like the Tour pros, the numbers suggest you work on your mid irons, your chipping and putting. With todays driver technology and the modern golf ball, most mid handicap golfers can hit the fairway with some good distance. The break down comes when they are faced with a mid iron to the green. If you want to write lower scores the numbers suggest you hit more greens in regulation.
With some additional practice using the IronSolid training device, you will begin to make solid contact, and learn the skill to hit solid irons. This will improve your score, no lie. The numbers tell the truth!
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