Driver is a controlled fade when going good and a push slice when bad. I think my body is firing and my hands are getting left behind. Not long at all off the tee. I probably average around 210-220 and once in a blue moon if the wind is right can hit one 240-250.
I would probably score better if I just went with a 3W off the tee, but I’m constantly chasing those good drives. I have a 12 degree driver this year and it’s cut down to 44” so I’m hoping that will help with my consistency.
All other clubs fade as well, less to non-existent as I move into the wedges. My weakness right now is the mid irons, so much so that I just purchased a 27 degree, adjusted to 28.5, titleist hybrid to replace my 6 iron. It was successful yesterday, but who knows. I’m not consistent enough to really pin hunt other than from about 120 and in. Outside of that, just hitting the green is nice.
I’m most confident in my wedge game from 110 and in, including the awkward yardages. Around the greens I’ll use the 60 most of the time, especially with faster greens. I’ll use the 56 for longer pitches, and the 50 as my bump and run club. I’ll tinker with ball position and wrist position to deloft depending on the shot, with all the wedges. I’ve never been comfortable chipping with irons as some do.
I would think I’m an average putter, and tend to let the ball die into the cup when I can. I'd like to be more confident over the short ones.
Without fail, someone playing with me will make a comment on my pace of play, so I assume I am faster than most. I don’t take practice swings on the tee, and quickly pull the trigger. At least once a round, a partner will have to apologize for talking in my backswing. I always just block it out and it’s never a problem. I will usually take a practice swing or two out on the course depending on lie or stance to get a quick feeling for the shot.
I don't take any practice strokes for putting either, not wanting to waste that intuitive stroke on a practice putt. As Beef said, if I should slow down anywhere, it should probably be with the putting. I tend to play with slower folks, and am always cognizant of slow play, so it’s just not in me to take my time.
Knowing that I’m a shorter hitter, I feel like I need to make up my strokes and level the playing field by being smarter out there. This year, I want to really think about course management, playing percentages, and playing to my ability. This already seems to be paying dividends. For example, there was a thread on playing a long par 4 as a par 5 (TWG also mentioned something to this affect in his recent post). Yesterday, I popped up a tee shot and had about 230 to go on a par 4. Last year, I would have hit the 3W off the deck, and most likely sliced it down the hill, and in this case OB. I took my medicine, hit an easy 7W to about 50-60 yards out and got up and down from there for par. It was good feeling to put a new game plan in to play, and have it actually work. My previous 4 scores on that hole were 6, 6, 7, 6.
My lack of length is discouraging, but I’m just going to try to make the best of what I’ve got and perfect what I can control.