Like the vast majority of amateurs, I miss the green short a lot. My GIRs have never been high (rough 4 per 18); while I can attribute a bit of that to the course I play (with very small greens), it’s still a bad number that has to improve.
Arccos makes it very clear that the short miss is killing me. Just over 50% of my approaches finish short of the green.
I have what I’d like to call a semi-realistic perception of how far I hit it. I do not have any delusions that I’m a long hitter; I’m pretty ordinary. In general, I’d pull my 8 iron from 150.
And I know I can hit my 8 iron 150 yards without strong wind gusts, concrete bounces, or roller coaster elevation changes. But here’s the thing: it’s the distance I hit my 8 iron when I hit it properly.
That’s the killer. I’m not missing greens short because I’m playing a totally unrealistic club for the distance I want to hit. It’s not that everything has to go perfectly and I’m hitting a once-in-a-lifetime distance. Rather, it’s a distance that I need to hit it well to attain.
This evening, I tried something new. For the first time ever, I used Arccos’s Caddie feature, hitting the club that Arccos suggests on approaches. Honestly, I wouldn’t tip Arccos’s Caddie: it’s rude and insulting, regularly suggesting a club one or two up from what I want to pull.
But I doubled my GIRs tonight, shot 4 over on 9 holes (I’m about a 10-12 handicap). One GIR was on a 105-ish shot that I’d ordinarily grab my GW; I used my PW at Arccos’s suggestion, fatted it (mudball!), and it still trundled up onto the front of the green.
One round does not a revolution make, but I’m more convinced than ever that I need to center my distribution over the target, not merely left/right, but also long/short.