(thanks for all the well wishes)
…actually, they hit just as many bad ones on a regular basis as anyone else who plays golf. Most are not as bad as your average 15 handicap, but many of them are. The difference is they know what their misses are going to be, how to play for them and their short games help them recover better.
The perception that all PGA Tour players hit every shot well, needs to be shot down for one reason. It is a killer for mid-high handicappers to think that is the only way to score…and it just isn’t reality. Amateurs try and perfect their swing so they can hot every shot perfect. I have seen 8 handicaps go ballistic for hitting a drive 3 yards into the rough, or a wedge shot 30 feet. You essentially only need to hit one good shot on a hole to make par, as long as the rest are not terrible.
Basically hit a tee shot that is in play with nothing in the way, a second shot somewhere around the green, a chip in the same zip code as the hole and a putt. That is four different chances to hit a good shot and make a par.
Some of Tiger’s best rounds are when he sprays driver into adjoining fairways, over lags wedges over the greens and misses short putts all day only to shoot a 70. How many times have you seen a tour player whiff a drive in the trees, try and hook a ball on the green, chunk it into the rough 20 yards short, blade one on the green 15 feet, and make that for par. YOU CAN DO THAT TOO.
You need to hit exactly ZERO perfect shots in a day to shoot par. THE OBJECT OF GOLF IS NOT TO HIT GOOD/PERFECT SHOTS, IT IS TO MINIMIZE AND MANAGE YOUR BAD ONES! If you want to get better at golf, simplify your swing and swing thoughts and comprehend the previous sentence. That is why my method of teaching is superior. I minimize swing thoughts, so the thinking can go toward managing your game.
The perception that PGA Tour players hit every shot well comes from network golf telecasts where you are watching the best players in the world who are playing their best golf.
Then the commentators pass off every bad shot as a mental error of some kind.
There is never much mention of former major winners hitting 40% of the fairways and 50% GIR that week and shooting a nice 78-75.
How many bad shots must a former major winner be hitting to shoot those numbers?…A LOT!!!!!!!!