Drive to succeed
I recently watched a video with the thumbnail “Drive for show, putt for dough” and I must say that I wholly disagree with that sentiment. As a single-figure player, I know that if I hit every single fairway then I will almost certainly beat my handicap. However if, as I’ve been doing recently, I drive it into the trees on almost every hole, I will have no chance of shooting anywhere near my handicap.
I understand that a good putting display can save you strokes, but I firmly believe that consistently finding the fairway, albeit with a decent strike, is the holy grail for amateur golfers. In the professional ranks, too, that adage seems to be less relevant than it used to be, owing to the absurd distances the pros are hitting the ball these days and the lack of rough on certain courses. Terry Stiles, Northampton