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Are par 5's extinct?

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DJ plays driver - 5 iron to 12.5 feet on a 603 yard par 5.  For the rest of us mere mortals, driver - 5 iron would still leave us with @200 yards yet to play to reach the green, not putting for eagle.  Short of putting a lake or giant sand trap starting at 280 yards out and requiring a 400 yard carry to clear, how do you make a par 5 that these guys wont turn into a par 4?  Just blows me away, the distance today's pros can hit the ball.

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Yeah, I saw that..someone hit a 6 iron from 226yds out.  That's a 5 wood for me.  There's a course near me..I walked over to the sprinkler after my drive to get a yardage and it said "All you got".  Haha!  Classic.  I suppose for the pros the answer is make the course punitive if you want to make it a true 5..or let it be a place to make up shots.  I remember Nick Price saying to beat the long hitters make the courses shorter.  There's some logic in that.

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So a par 5 for us is not a "par 5" for the pros.  What does it matter?  If you are going to compare your game to Justin Johnson's you might as well quit right now. I prefer to focus on the fact that he can 3 putt from 18 feet too.

 

I like it that DJ is not swinging out of his shoes, but just doing a smooth fairly easy swing without even a super extended backswing.  Hitting it correctly goes much farther than swinging hard.

post #4 of 7

"par is just a number" - from the US Open this week,

 

Put doglegs on a par 5 and narrow the fairway and watch Dustin Johnson or Justin Rose try to over power it.

 

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Play from the Red tees.

 

I was told a story this week of a high school coach making his players play from the red tees to learn how to go low. I've been planning on playing from the red tees at my home course at least once this summer but have been afraid to for just that reason. I can't consistently pin hunt with short wedges.

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Play from the Red tees.

 

I was told a story this week of a high school coach making his players play from the red tees to learn how to go low. I've been planning on playing from the red tees at my home course at least once this summer but have been afraid to for just that reason. I can't consistently pin hunt with short wedges.

A course I have been playing on has a white/blue, and a red/white mix on the card. You play shorter on the long 4's and 5's; longer on the short 3's and 4's. That has been a fun way to go at a course.

 

Ego has had me on the white/blues.

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Originally Posted by TheRusty View Post
 

"par is just a number" - from the US Open this week,

 

Put doglegs on a par 5 and narrow the fairway and watch Dustin Johnson or Justin Rose try to over power it.

 

or 

 

Play from the Red tees.

 

I was told a story this week of a high school coach making his players play from the red tees to learn how to go low. I've been planning on playing from the red tees at my home course at least once this summer but have been afraid to for just that reason. I can't consistently pin hunt with short wedges.


When I was playing a lot of golf at my "home" course, prior to back problems and job committments limiting my time on the golf course, I found that when I played the course over and over again from the white tees that I was usually hitting the same shots all the time, driver - 6 iron on this hole, always a 7 iron for this par 3 etc, so I started changing to different tee boxes, playing a round or two from the tips, some from the senior tee, some from the forward tees.  It was great to see how the course challenges change when no longer need a driver on a par 4 or how a lake is now much more in play than it was from the other tees.

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Yep. My normal routine now that I'm playing the same course 6-7 days/week is back tees on the weekend, blue tees during the week and white tees when playing socially with (cough) "more experienced" golfers. It helps to keep things interesting when they keep the pins in the same spot to play from different tees. I drop strokes going from back to blue, but not from blue to white. I've got some work to do. But at the moment I'm working on getting from a 7 to a 5. My trend is 5.8 and I've got 4 more free opportunities to get it lower. Strangely enough my course handicap is 8 from all 3 tees (black/blue/white) even though there is 4.7 difference in the rating between black and white. Does that mean I'm not supposed to be any better from the shorter tees?

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