Drive to suc­ceed

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

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

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