What would Iron Byron and Perfie shoot?

If you had Iron Byron hit every drive and approach shot and Perfie every putt, what would they shoot?

Not that low, IMO. There is an intangible art to scoring. As I said in the comment section under another post. There is working the ball into tucked pins, judging distance, imagination around the green and “willing” putts into the hole. No matter how perfectly you calibrate the robots to hit shots, scoring is an art.

Trying to perfect your motion (swing, chipping motion and putting stroke) takes the part of your brain with the imagination and intangible ability to score out of the equation and makes it dormant.

So even if you have a perfect motion like these robots, that is only a small part of the game. Learning to swing like a robot both literally and figuratively…is missing the point.

I learned that lesson…and hopefully not too late.




  1. rojoass

    I can think of a few Pros (let alone self-appointed gurus) that seem to think positions make a better game. CHIII maybe?

    Let alone all of the chops worldwide chasing their tail only to have nothing but tales.


  2. Christian

    Hmm… I wonder if anyone from IBM reads this blog. Maybe if Watson from Jeopardy was telling Iron Byron and Perfie where to hit the shots :-). I’m guessing if they threw a lot of computing power at it (measure wind, slope, green speed, etc… and calculate exactly where to land), they could shoot a very low score. If I was driving, though, it would probably be a different story. I guess that’s probably your point – a perfect swing but high handicapper green reading, course management, shot selection, etc… might not be able to go all that low.

  3. s.

    Have a perfect motion? Most people already have it, but they don’t know how to tap into it.

    Even at my worst, I would sometimes (rarely) hit a shot that flew off the club face, felt effortless, and would travel long and straight. This usually happened at the 18th hole, which meant that I couldn’t give up the game because I was almost “there.” But, the shot was always just a freak of nature.

    Maybe finding the perfect motion has more to do with NOT doing things that jam it up. Geoff Ogilvy’s GC “Playing Lesson” is one of the best. That one was made back when the player did all the talking, and the show wasn’t contaminated with celebrities.

    Ogilvy said that he won’t even watch video of himself playing anymore.

    He said, “The harder you try to make it right, the worse it is.
    The less I try, the more I just let the part of my brain and my body that actually really knows what it’s doing (but I don’t think it does)..

    “The more I trust that…and say, ‘Hey, I’ll give you a chance…’
    For the most part my instinct is much smarter and better at golf than I am. Just gotta get out of its way.”

    I think the root of all golf instruction misery is the concept, “Keep your left arm straight.” Lag, plane, over-the-top…every wrong concept starts with the left arm.

  4. Wally

    The most important stat for us hackers to keep is B. L. P. R. or in plain language BALLS LOST PER ROUND, thats the real judge of your game

  5. Calvin D

    A good way to teach a beginner to play golf would be to give him a sling blade and make him cut an acre of weeds down to the ground.

    And then make him putt for two or three days.

    • Westy

      “Some people call it a sling blade, I call it a Kaiser blade. MmmHmmm.”


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