Q: It seems like driving distance is everything in modern golf. Why should I invest in my short game instead of trying to get longer off the tee?
That’s a fantastic question. And we’d never discourage you from trying to improve any part of your game.
That said, there are good reasons to go with the MUL if you have to choose.
To start with, chasing distance can be a fool’s errand – and a costly one at that. It could mean dropping $600-plus on a new driver, and a couple hundred more on a suped-up shaft.
Throw in the cost of a personal fitting and you’re looking at $1,000 or more… without lessons or practice.
And when all is said and done, you still won’t be Dustin Johnson. Gaining 10-15 yards is awesome, but it’ll only earn you one less club into the greens.
The case for the MUL is easy to make. There’s the price, which we’ll reveal momentarily.
(Spoiler alert: It’s a fraction of what you’d pay for those extra 10 yards.)
We could also throw out reams of statistical data to underscore the importance of the short game. But we’ll spare you the spreadsheet and just share a couple key points from ShotByShot, a top analytics program.
An “error,” according to ShotByShot, is any shot from inside 50 yards (excluding bunker shots) that completely misses the green.You know, those calamities that destroy entire rounds?
Here’s how ShotByShot breaks it down:
- A 20 handicap golfer makes an error a whopping 21% of the time; he gets a chip or pitch within 5 feet of the hole on just 14% of his attempts.
- A 5 handicapper knocks it inside 5 feet a full 30% of the time, with a tiny 9% error rate.
With the MUL, you’ll immediately cut down on errors while boosting your “stiff” percentage.