“You drive for show, but putt for dough” was a saying that used to have some relevance to Tour Professionals and the highly competitive. It’s a lot less relevant to them now (as proven by the big-hitters at the top of the money list), but was it ever relevant to the regular golfer?
Sure, there’s happiness when a longer putt drops or even a shorter putt that allows you to mark down a birdie on your card. But, out of 18 holes, how many are ruined or made much more difficult by your tee shot? How many times did you leave yourself woefully short with a mishit, or find the red zone of “lost, out-of-bounds, or an impossible shot”?
Building consistency off the tee, while finding ways to go further, will open the pathway to better scores AND more holes you enjoy.
Change the game
When did you upgrade your game from the tee? If you’re competitive, then significantly reducing the distance to the hole on your 2nd, changes the game. If you want to explore further