Atlantic Athletic Club is a 7500, par 70 beast. No doubt you need raw power to play well at a course like that….
Or, you need to play a game that keeps you in play and have a good short game.
After round 1, the leaders rank 116, 187, 130, 122, 180 in driving distance on the tour. Jerry Kelly talked about hitting a 3-metal on a 470 yard par 4, something he never considered doing before (because he’s 187th in driving distance!). He made par on that hole.
On the flip side, other than Shaun Micheel, the top 5 golfers all rank inside the top 25 in SCRAMBLING (short game).
Power is awesome. Power is fun. When power goes straight, power usually wins…. Then there’s the rest of us.
Forward and in play combined with a ONE CHIP and TWO PUTT will almost always win the day.
We can learn a lot from the day one leaderboard at the PGA Championship. Play shots you have a higher percentage of pulling off and you will more often shoot lower scores.
“But that’s no fun”, you say?… Tell that to Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Shaun Micheel, and Scott Verplank. Playing great golf IS fun. Convince yourself of that, and BAM!!, You’re a better golfer.