GIOTG – Get It On The Green - Golf Sidekick

GIOTG – Get It On The Green

Get.
It.
On.
The.
Green.

That is how you should say it. Each word is a sentence on its own. GET. IT. ON. THE. GREEN. Imagine those obnoxious weirdo SJWs who clap between each word as you say it. 

GIOTG

How many times have you destroyed a score on a hole because you tried to get it close like the pro on TV? 

You knew you had no business going for the Tour pro shot, but you did it anyway and walked off with an angry 6 or 7 instead of a simple 5 at worst. 

It happens to everyone. And that’s why GET IT ON THE GREEN so core to The Way Of The Playa.

Core Tenet in the Way of the Playa

This principle is central to the philosophy because it’s so simple, yet so forgotten, but so effective.

The main reason you need to fully accept Get it On The Green, is that it will begin the process of thinking differently and opening up your vision and imagination on the golf course.

When you stand over your shot with this mantra in mind, you release all the pressure from the shot, relaxing your swing and smoothing its execution. You actually get better at golf, just by thinking 'anywhere on the green is fine'.

Why simply, GET IT ON THE GREEN?

The foundations of the Way of the Playa scoring strategy are focused on the business end of a hole. We play back from the hole by planning our miss or our approach. We plan the distance we want into the green and hit the appropriate shot off the tee. 

We plan our breakup of the shots between where we are and the green to ensure a favorable outcome.

With the focus on the game inside PW range in the Way of the Playa, yes, you have to be good at putting inside 5 feet.

You have to be good at chipping your ball to inside 5 feet.

You must become a good lag putter and eliminate the hurtful 3 stabs. We NEVER want to three-putt.

Some bring up Strokes Gained and all kinds of other nonsense data and whatever else they want to sound like intellectuals. We are amateurs, playing the amateur game and the easiest way to enjoy golf more, and get thr scores down QUICKLY, is to focus on the game inside PW range and getting that ball ON THE GREEN ANYWHERE.

My argument is that the wedge game and putting are the ONLY areas of the game we can ALL be as good as the pros. I don't mean you can't be as good as them in other aspects of the game, but We won’t all be able to bomb it 300 yards or more. We won’t all be hitting 6 iron from 180 yards to 20 feet. 

But we can ALL play inside 100 yards with enough practice. 

That is why we want to get it on the green. You WILL become a good putter and you WILL eliminate all the pressure of needing to constantly hit it close in the most difficult situations. 

Do you know how I know you can improve your putting quicker than every other part of your game? Because you never practice putting. Ever. 

It’s where the lowest hanging fruit is. In fact, the putting fruit has fallen to the floor, and all you need to do is pick it up.

There are no excuses here. You need to be hitting the practice green twice as long as the range. If you don’t have access to a practice green, you can putt on a 3 or 4 foot steel ruler, trying to keep the ball on it the entire length. 

Once you’re able to two-putt most of the time, and get much better inside 5 feet, you will understand that getting the ball on the green is the simplest, most effective concept. 

Understanding PGA Tour Pro statistics will relax your expectations!

pga tour stats are not amateur stats

If you’re a flag hunter and your handicap is double digits, you’re hurting your score several times per round.

Your expectation is often that you must leave hit the ball to 9 feet from the pin or it’s a crap shot. 

This is common among us amateurs and it’s because of the DOGS (Delusions of Grandeur Syndrome) we get from the PGA Tour highlights reel. DOGS is most contagious on a Sunday evening and extremely high on a Monday morning on the PGA Tour Youtube channel.

Reality check you need about golf stats

Here’s the reality and you can fact check this with Snopes:

The 100th ranked player on the PGA Tour statistics will be used. Remember, the top 0.0001% of golfers in the PROXIMITY TO THE HOLE statistics. 

*Proximity to the hole is how far the pro ended up after his shot from each of the listed distances.

150-175 yards: 27 ft 6 in (9 yards) with a 9 iron, 8 iron, 7 iron, 6 iron

125-150 yards: 23 ft 2 in (8 yards) with a GW, PW, 9 iron

100-125 yards: 19 ft 10 in (6.5 yards) with a SW, GW or PW

https://www.pgatour.com/stats/categories.RAPP_INQ.html

Those are the best golfers in the world. I understand, your clubs may go much shorter distances so to compare like with like, rather look at the clubs they use above. Forget how far they hit it. Compare club for club with your own and think about your own performance.  

Think about your own PW or 7 iron and think about how accurate you are with yours. I bet you're not so bad are you, Playa?

Some might exclaim in a knee-jerk rebuttal, “well of course, the pro’s aren’t hitting at the pin all the time!” as if that’s some kind of retort! 

Actually, now that the Karens mentioned that, the more I think about it...the more I think we should do the same thing!

As amateurs, we should ALSO NOT BE HITTING AT THE PINS all the time! Doh! If the pros aren’t going for the pins, why should 19 handicappers go for pins? 

JUST GET IT ON THE GREEN!

GIOTG Chipping and Putting Style

There’s way too much pressure on you to land the ball on a 1 cent coin size spot so that you can have a tap-in. If you're reading this, you're not a pro who practices the same shots over and over until your golf club is an extension of you.

On this high-pressure shot that you don't have, your vision narrows and you just see that little spot you HAVE TO land the ball on. You lose sight of the fact that, just to the right or left of the pin, there’s 8 yards of open green for you to chip onto and nail a putt. We can relieve the pressure on us to perform a pro-level shot and GET IT ON THE GREEN!

We can ALWAYS hole a putt. You almost NEVER hole your second chip after duffing your first. And duffing a chip is likely when putting intense pressure on yourself. 

The frustration is too high and the tension after duffing or knifing a chip affects the next shot. And the next, And the next.  

GIOTG One Chip Policy

Get It On The Green to avoid the 2-chip syndrome. Hitting the green with your first chip, leaving yourself a putt from 1 foot to 10 feet, is empowering, stunning... and brave.

You may find that you do aim away from some pins - that’s okay. Your mind will take a lot of adjusting to this new idea of not trying to hole every chip no matter the difficulty. Your mission is to start looking at new targets on the greens besides the pin. If you can do this, your mental game takes a major bump toward enlightenment.

You need to see the slope on the green and account for that ball rolling and being affected by the slope. You must still chip with care, but accept that getting it on the green is priority number one!

GIOTG Approach Play Style

As you move through the levels of skill in each department of the game, you notice the Distance Dispersion Matrix is the overarching law of golf.

You need to understand your clubs. Do you see the constant need for self-knowledge?

You MUST know your club carry distance. You can do this with the Swing Caddie SC300 or use a Garmin GPS watch to track your distances over 10-20 rounds. When you know your club distances you can make better decisions. You are probably overestimating your power by 5-15 yards per club. 

Your distances might not be specific like a professional. He can nominate 134 yards with his 9 iron or PW and hit it 134 yards. The higher your skill, the tighter your range. 

Approach play example

giotg approach play

You have 167 yards to the pin. You know your club ranges. This is a massive mindset shift. You do NOT NEED TO HIT THE PIN DISTANCE. You need to hit your club where the distance to the pin falls within your chosen clubs distance range. So if the pin is 140 yards away, you hit your club that goes between 135 to 145 yards. 

100 golfer: Your distance range for any club could be 10-15 yards from shortest possible to longest possible shot with that club. You want to use your club that will go at least 155 yards and you want to hit it more to the middle of the green, favoring the left side.

We want to avoid the sand traps at all costs. You need 155 yards minimum even with a poor strike so you can avoid the front trap and hit the front fringe. 

80/90 golfer: Your distance range for your clubs is a bit tighter, maybe you have a 10 yard variance. You could say your 6 iron goes 155 to 165 yards. You might not be happy with a 5 iron because you duff it 6 out of 10 times.

You like your six iron and you know a mediocre strike will reach the front edge at least and with a very good strike, you'll finish 2 yards short of the pin. GIOTG. Forget the pin distance for a moment. 

70 golfer: Your distance range can be tight and your skill could be good enough to hit to a specific number. This is where the skill increase is evident.  You also only need to play ONE shot shape. you do not need to shape the ball both ways to be a low handicapper.

You may have a 168 yard club. Your 6 iron might go 165 to 170. That's a 5 yard range.  You can fly it to the pin, favoring the center of the green if you're hitting a draw or left side of the green if you fade it. The dispersion in the 70s Playa is much tighter and means you can hit with more specific distances. 

How GIOTG evolves over time

Into the low 80s, down into the 70s, your mantra goes from GET IT ON THE GREEN, to GET IT CLOSE and eventually GET IT IN THE HOLE.

Your skills mean you leave 2-4 footers after your chips. You hit the ball closer to the hole on approach and hit more greens in regulation. You never 2-chip and you play with enough club to get it on the green.

You will find yourself in difficult positions, but because of your disciplined practice of getting the ball on the green as a priority, you will never hit a stupid shot to destroy your scorecard and fun factor.

This does not come overnight but with a modicum of practice, you can begin dropping scores like first period French. And over more time, with more practice, you become a wizard around the greens. 

COMMON RESISTANCE FROM KARENS:

“You need more of a strategy than ‘just get it on the green’ and it’s obvious, of course you have to get it on the green.” - Random online expert living in their parent’s house a.t the age of 44, and has never broken 130

While Get It On The Green is obvious and common sense, the vast majority are playing High Ego golf. The big disparity is between the perceived skill level and the actual ability to hit certain shots. No you don't need a flop shot and you don't go flag hunting. 

Imagine seeing a big fat field instead of a 1 cent piece on the ground. That's the mindset shift. 

You have to know yourself, accept yourself. Accept your skill at THIS point, and play with what you have NOW. It will improve, but that’s in the future. RIGHT NOW is all that counts. Do the best you can NOW. On the golf course, you will not miraculously attain some superpower with a vast array of shots. That happens off the course. 

Check out AJ at 7:50 in this video on my channel. This is exactly what I am talking about. The video should start at the correct point. 

Get it on the green is vital to get the cogs in your brain to start working in a new way. The Way of the Playa is all about getting the engine started in your brain and thinking about your game and your goals. The engine fuel are these core tenets and the engine grease is coming in more articles to help you become the Playa you were meant to be.