"Variance" That word means much in this game. There is a lot of it. A 10mph side wind on one course won't be as strong as the same wind at another.
There are certain shots that just don't play their yardage, some play long and some play short. Some roll on even into the breeze with full brakes and others come back at you with full top.
The key is putting. Not only reading the break and matching the right pace. Probably the most important thing is knowing the greens and the areas that offer the straightest or most consistent putts. A lot of times it's looking for the uphill putts but on some holes the down hill racers are the easiest once you get the hang of them.
A 15 foot putt on a line you are comfortable with beats a 6 footer that you have no idea about. Each course and indeed each hole presents questions, find the answers and your well on your way to playing better. :-)
Well, well...here's a player who actually plays and knows this game!! Most importantly, he's fully aware about what he's posting. It's nice to have such posts in here for a change...
Winds play differently in every course, distances are different for every course and hole. Mapping clubs it's an empty procedure. On my alt games i have encountered several very very good players who were asking about:
- WTF shot was that? I played it perfectly based on my excel notes...
Plus...if you are lucky and have a vemless round (something that comes up once in every 1.763.827 years..) you always have to putt. So, keep in mind what Lutjanid wrote. Putt is everything. Not only by figuring out the wright break but the wright speed also to do so.
If anyone wants to practice, be better at this game has to:
1. Learn how to putt
2. Mapping somehow the approaches with various winds on every hole for every course.
Practice mode plays differently than stroke, rg or VT mode...it's crazy but it's true.