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Does Lack Of Driver Distance Frustrate You? Why Your Driver Is The Most Important Club

85% of the Golfers we see average more over par on the Par 5’s than on the Par 3’s.

Yet, the Pro’s are far more under Par on the Par 5’s than the Par 3’s. It’s completely opposite between the best Players in the world and the regular Golfer. Maybe there’s something we can learn from the best Players?

In 2011, Bubba Watson (one of Golf’s biggest hitters) was 132 strokes under Par on the Par 5’s in just 85 rounds of golf (that’s not a misprint – 132 strokes under Par – INCREDIBLE).

Now contrast that with his average score on the Par 3’s where he was 53 strokes over Par in those same 85 rounds of golf.

That’s a difference of 185 strokes! He averaged 3.17 strokes on the Par 3’s and 4.49 strokes on the Par 5’s.

But with most Golfers you see playing on your neighborhood golf courses – they’re much more over Par on Par 5’s than they are on the Par 3’s. Meaning you see Pars and Bogies when you play Par 3’s, yet you see Bogies and Double Bogies when you play Par 5’s. Or another way of saying it is: you’re more likely to have a Double Bogey on a Par 5 than you are on a Par 3.

Why is this and why do I bring it up?

Because as all the Monkeys are always screaming that the most important club to improve for better scores is your putter … we believe the most important club in your bag is your Driver. The above example shows that the Driver has the most positive effect (PGA Tour Pros who average a better score in relation to Par on the Par 5’s than on the Par 3’s) or negative effect (You, who averages more over Par on the Par 5’s than you do on the Par 3’s).

Now the same holds true on Par 4’s as it does on Par 5’s. Just as PGA Tour Pro averages the least over Par to most over Par in this order: Par 5, Par 4, Par 3. You most likely are more like this: Par 3, Par 4, Par 5 … in order of least to most over Par.

You can’t tell me that the reason the PGA Tour Player’s scores on the Par 3’s are worse than his scores on the Par 4’s and Par 5’s is because he has a better putting stroke on those holes compared to on the Par 3’s. Or that your scores on the Par 3’s are less over Par because you putt better on the Par 3’s.

The reason the Tour Player is able to take advantage of the Par 4’s and Par 5’s is the length he can hit the golf ball with his Driver. The reason you struggle more on the Par 5’s is your lack of length with your Driver.

The same can be said of irons. Bubba Watson’s probably hitting shorter (easier) irons into the Par 4’s and Par 5’s than he is on his first shot on the Par 3’s. The difference is that you’re probably hitting longer (more difficult) clubs on your second shot on the Par 4’s and Par 5’s … than you do for your first shot on the Par 3’s.

It’s amazing how much easier it is to make Pars and Birdies (and have more fun) after your best drives versus after your mediocre drives.

We see so many Golfers that don’t hit their Driver very far at all. So they’re stuck hitting their 3-wood or 5-wood or 3-hybrid for your second shot on every Par 4 or third shot on the Par 5’s. But that’s not the way you should be playing golf. That’s not fun!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to hit your Driver farther (and a little straighter) so that you could hit a 7 iron for your second shot on a Par 4? Or know that you don’t have to hit your 3 wood then 3 hybrid to get close to the green on the Par 5’s. Wouldn’t it be nice to frequently hit your 3 hybrid for your second shot and then a 9 iron to the green on your 3rd shot on a Par 5?

That’s why golf is so much more fun for Golfers that can hit the golf ball longer!

Hitting the golf ball far off the tee is not just about the thrill of the big drive (although that is a nice perk) … but it’s also how much easier and more fun the rest of the game is.

Not being able to hit the golf ball very far relegates you to hitting more 3 woods and 3 hybrids than you should have to for your second and/or third shots … which cause you to end up taking extra Double Bogeys and Triple Bogeys every round because of your lack of distance with your Driver.

At GMS we believe it’s pretty simple to help the average Golfer gain at least 20 yards with their Driver … and that’s on the low end. We see many Golfers that gain 30 to 40 yards because of the techniques we employ that allow you to become more efficient with your golf swing. Because it’s amazing how much farther you can hit the golf ball (with less effort) when you start to move your body correctly.

Learn to hit the golf ball long because the fairways are clogged with short hitters that don’t score!

The Monkey’s most important club on the Par 5’s is their 3 wood off the ground

The Player’s most important club on the Par 5’s is their Driver that sets them up for Pars, Birdies and more fun

Go ahead, come to GMS and learn to become a Player

Regards,

Marc Solomon

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