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@Louie_T07 If more people who play this game would concentrate on their short game... as it sound like you do... the game would become unbelievably easier. You young flat-bellies may be able to outhit me by 50 yards... or more... off the tee. Within 100 yards... I'll kick your butt!! Why? Because I play 7 days/week and concentrate on my short game. As age takes its toll on distance, the short game is how we seniors can continue to compete.
The short game is difficult for the weekend player to maintain. Feel. Touch. Club choice. Confidence. Being able to change your short game as greens dry out during a round. Keep doing what you are doing!!!! At your age, and with a young family, you are making the correct decisions about priorities! It ain't golf!!!! You will have time for golf when you are happily retired and entertaining grandkids. In the meantime, when you do have the opportunity to play this often frustrating/rewarding game... you will enjoy it more by having honed your short game.
Perhaps unfortunately for myself, although I definitely see it the other way around. This was a realization I made in life, well before I even found the game of golf. In my youth; I was cut from my share of rep teams because I was the smallest guy on the blue line. I wasn’t suppose to be a very good softball pitcher because I didn’t have the strength “needed” to be good. Truth be told I did just fine at both!! My father and I worked for hours in our yard, don’t know how many times I hit him in the shins with wild pitches. But I learned all kinds of different pitches to mess with batters and so then my fastball looked way faster. I was also a really good skater in hockey and because of my size, I was hard to knock over or get around. I won a few assist titles and sportsmanship awards along the way. I obviously didn’t make it pro by any means, but my youth sports career was full of a lot of fun and great friendships. Into my teen years when you sorta outgrow organized sports and the old man tells you to get a job, my best friend and I both got jobs at a course some of you may be familiar with now. TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley. That was my very first exposure to the golf course world. It was just called Osprey Valley at that time and the second two 18 hole courses were just being built/opening. As a perk of our job we could play one 18 hole round a week on the original course the Heathlands, but first you had to go out and play some holes with Bob McClure who was the pro at the time. If Bob said you could be trusted out on the course alone, you had earned the weekly round. I’m not even sure if we had surpassed our probation before my friend and I went out with Bob. I remember it like it was yesterday, and obviously I’ve been hooked ever since!! Bob insisted on seeing our clubs before we even got to the carts. He took both our Drivers out, he took out a few of our irons each and my friend’s 60 as well. He told us we didn’t need many clubs to learn anyway and could have them back later. My set consisted of a borrowed 3w, 5w, 5, 7-PW, SW & putter. We drove out into the middle of the course, couldn’t even tell you what hole it was, but we stopped at the forward tees. Bob walked up to the tee 5i in hand and proceeded to tell us, “take a look at that fairway fellas, its pretty narrow out there, there’s not much room to miss out here. This is links golf!” Bob was so cool!! He then told us, “there are five different tees on each hole and I can play from each one with this 5 iron. It’s not about how far on this course, just find the fairway and go from there.” He then struck a perfect tee ball out into the middle of the fairway. Told us to grab two balls each and see what we could do...
Both of us put both our balls way into the fescue by the way, but that last part of what Bob said has always stuck with me. “Find the fairway and go from there!” Maybe it was learning on a links style course where hitting the fairway was imperative and missing them was death or maybe Limp, I’m just an older soul trapped in this young flat bellied-dad bod. But it was very clear to me early on I wasn’t going to be a long hitter, but I could do a lot about being accurate. I worked hard at it, noticing over time that as the accuracy increased my distance would too. But the biggest improvements to my score came from improved course management and meeting Pelz through his books. Learning about and working on my short game, understanding it more the more I work on it. Isn’t just an advantage seniors can take advantage of. Even now in my mid-30’s, I’m hitting the ball probably the longest I ever have, but I’m still out driven by the majority of my playing partners. I don’t let it bother me, the closer we get to the green, the better I get!! And thank you for the kind words Limp, I do think I’m doing the right thing for my kids and family right now. They may keep me home off the course today, but in a year or two maybe a little more, I’m going to have a mean scramble team!!