What is the percentage of players who use charts and graphs for their shots, instead of using you head and play by the seat of your pants?
When I found this game I didn’t know anyone playing it. So the first three years I didn’t speak or chat with anyone. I just played in my free time. Never joined a club, never heard about putter pal or shot pal so I never used it. Many years later I tried them both and that lasted about 10 swings. To much going on in the meter, it felt claustrophobic and I abandoned them.
I have never charted a club or course or ball. In fact, I bought a notebook when they became available on mobile (all I play), and have had it for for a year or two and it is basically empty.
Everything I do in this game I have done more than a thousand times and that is my only guide. Muscle memory holds the keys to every shot I take.
This may seem like a brag and maybe it is, but as far as I remember, I have never felt or even thought about what another player does to prepare as cheating or even as an advantage for them.
I don’t care what someone else does to enjoy this game. Simply, it is just a game and enjoyment of this game is my only reason for playing it. Whatever it takes for someone to enjoy it is fine with me.
I am very competitive and I suppose I would not enjoy it as much if I felt I couldn’t win. So I assume people who play this game a lot, do whatever it takes in preparation, to assure they feel like they have a chance to win when they play a competitive match.
No harm no foul as far as I am concerned. I just know I couldn’t enjoy this game if I had to put so much time into activities that could help me play better. I guess I just want to play and over time I will figure it out.
Maybe just lazy to some, but I don’t want to work so hard on playing a game. If I felt I could not figure it out enough to be competitive, I just wouldn’t play. I would find another game that held my interest.
I have a close friend and we play the real deal together. I show up 15 minutes early at most. He is at the range for an hour or more before we play. He has a huge routine, it is like watching these pros on the range. He goes through every club in practice and prep and then heads to practice putting green. Then we play and he wins some and I win some.
Long ago I asked him about why he spends so much time preparing. He told me that as much fun as it is to play a competitive round he couldn’t enjoy it as much without the prep. He told me he loves it and the prep is almost as enjoyable as the match. He is a detail guy and the fun is in those details.
We are all made differently and we all have different motivations and we all love this silly little video game.
Good luck and enjoy!