I have learned a lot from @ScottFawcettDECADE and DECADE – bogey (and double bogey) avoidance is really helping my game and I’m thankful for all the analytics and strategy that are part of the modern game.
Scott seems pretty adamant about sticking with a single shot shape and that all makes sense to me. On a recent podcast (sorry, i can’t remember which one), he mentioned that for some of clients he reluctantly let’s them shape some iron shots but thinks it’s always a terrible idea with the driver (I hope I’m paraphrasing it right). I’m not sure I understand completely why this is the case.
I totally agree that shaping your irons is a bad idea – if you know your dispersion and have confidence playing one direction, I don’t see the point generally (I know there are some minor exceptions). For me, when I try to hit a fade with the iron, not only does my dispersion get worse laterally, my dispersion on distance gets worse as well. It seems prudent to just stick with the higher percentage shot and map your dispersion pattern to the target you are trying to hit.
The driver, though, seems slightly different. There are a couple of holes I play that are dogleg right that makes it impossible to hit driver off the tee with my normal draw and I’m envious of those who play a fade around the trees to the right. It seems to me, with more practice, a fade/slice would get me 40-50yds farther and even if I’m less consistent, it’s a better option from a SG perspective To me, hitting a driver with a fade when there is no other option is just a variation of hitting a different shape with an iron to avoid a tree.
I don’t doubt Scott but I don’t quite understand why. Is it just too hard to do without risk of a double cross? Am I wasting my time on the range working on it?