When I hear someone say something like this I want to say…
“No you don’t, you hit 5-iron between 165 and 185 yards and where it is in that range is anyone’s guess.”
I know I sound like a complete jackass, but I will risk that moniker if it makes one player give up on this “perfect golf” and it makes their game better.
Anyone who doesn’t have their yardages in increments that end in five or zero are fooling themselves…even PGA Tour players. Every caddy on the PGA Tour makes fun of every player who doesn’t have five and zero increments.
Fluff is well known for calling players out on this.
So if it is a joke for a Tour player to have a yardage that ends in a 2 or an 8, what does that say about a 5, 12 and 20 handicap?…LOL.
I will prove it to you. If Tour players knew their yardages down to 182 or 183, how come even the best players playing the best on Sunday pose over a shot from the middle of the fairway, with no wind, no elevation change and the ball flies 40 feet short as they pose over it. That is a 13.3 yard mis-judgment.
A 5 iron that is 12 feet below the hole is a , world class shot, yet a 4 yard mis-judgment.
The old time players didn’t even use yardages or yardage books, they did it by feel and sight.
My point is not to make fun of everyone…well actually part of it is…my point is actually to get people out of this way too serious and precise way of playing the game…it doesn’t help, it makes things worse.
Stop taking yourself so seriously and get some nice round numbers for your yardages. It will help you have more fun and shoot lower.
It’s not about reality. It’s a symbolic gesture to use a round number because no one has exact yardages.
It’s a step in making an effort to not be so exact.
The analogy. When someone asks you what time it is, you don’t say about 4:57…you say it’s about 5 o’clock.