Originally Posted by Disc Fiend
I play for par, and try to cash in on birdies when the opportunity arises.
This is the simplistic version of what I think, but the essence of it as well.
I know I have the ability to get par from anywhere on the hole as long as I make that first point, turn, aiming spot, whatever with my opening drive. Because of this confidence I know that I can be a little more aggressive off the tee as long as I again hit that initial spot.
With this approach I know that I will have birdie opportunities, so that also means that I do not have to play overly aggressive because I will always be near par. I will minimize my damage (bogeys, etc) and just let others be more aggressive. It usually does not translate into wins for me, but I am always competitive.
On easy courses, I can usually hover around -2 to -6 depending on how easy they are, but on difficult courses, I can trust that I will at least be sitting no worse than around +2 to +4 unless it was an especially brutal day.
Basically, it is all about trust in my game, sticking to it, and just getting it done.