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Old 03-28-2012, 11:48 AM
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MATCH PLAY: Play Aggressive or Safe?

I am in a match play tournament and my first match is on Sunday and I was just curious if you guys think it is smarter to be aggressive and try to get 2's or play it safe and try for 3's and make the other guy to make the tough shots. I have never played in a match play style tourney before so I am interested in others opinions. What do you think??

The course we are playing round 1 at is a wooded course, Spring Valley DGC, and we are playing the "finesse 18" layout. Personally, I am leaning towards the aggressive side because I feel that is more my style of play.

I realize the best answer is probably "both" but I am leaving it out of the poll. So in general, would you be more aggressive or more on the safe side?

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Old 03-28-2012, 11:51 AM
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I have no experience myself, but my strategy going in would be to play conservative, especially in the early rounds. Go aggressive on the really high percentage holes, but otherwise sit back and watch your opponent make mistakes. As you get deeper in the bracket, the competition will become tougher and you'll want to start to play more aggressively.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:05 PM
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One guy goes aggressive, if his shot doesn't work out the other guy plays conservatively. If it does work out it's either in the basket or his teammate can run at the basket.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:07 PM
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One guy goes aggressive, if his shot doesn't work out the other guy plays conservatively. If it does work out it's either in the basket or his teammate can run at the basket.
The question was about match play, not doubles.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:09 PM
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^^(bradharris) I agree with this but having played a few ball golf match play tournaments in my time....you can't get over complacent. You have to stay committed and keep your focus. When you start to play conservative you can get yourself scared to make a mistake. You can't let that fear creep in because it's tough to get out of once you get there. Play conservative meaning...play to your strengths and don't worry if he is longer or shorter than you...play within yourself and go for the shots you know you can make...don't be afraid to pull the trigger every now and then...believe me he is just as nervous as you are while playing...if you find yourself in trouble don't go for the big risk/reward shot if you think there might be chance to get deeper in the chit....play safe and get out and make you three/four...there will be holes where he will mess up or you will just make it up...remember you are not only playing him but the course...don't get caught up with what he is doing but don't lose track of how many strokes he is throwing on each hole so you know when to play it safe and when to put the nail in the coffin. Keep your head up and remember we all make bad throws every now and then....if you lose a hole forget about it....there are more to play and you will have the opportunity to get it back.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:11 PM
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The question was about match play, not doubles.
Wow. I'm totally stupid right now.

I guess I shouldn't post while in meetings.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:11 PM
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It depends on who has the box and where your opponent's shots land, and who is up in the matches.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:13 PM
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depends. I'd say be safe off the tee then depending on how they play you adjust. It helps a lot if you figure out how good the other guy is putting that day. If they are making anything inside 50' it might be worth your time to run at some longer shots. If they are missing 20' shots, you can lay up and let them screw up.

you playing advance or what? that would probably help people give advise
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:17 PM
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One strategy to consider is whether you give your opponent gimmies. On the one hand, people dink 15' putts all the time. On the other hand, if they are very consistent putting, giving them gimmies on all the shorties early in a round can leave them unprepared for the longer putts when they come up. Making a few shorties in a row can build putting confidence. Keep this in mind if your opponent gives you gimmies as well.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:23 PM
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you playing advance or what? that would probably help people give advise
The tournament is open to all playing levels. I myself play open in mini's and such but am really more of an advanced player. I do not personally know my opponent so I can not say how good of a player he is. His rating is pretty low but he only played one tourney in 2011. The course we are playing can be easy to make mistakes and hard to get out of them unscathed.

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One strategy to consider is whether you give your opponent gimmies. On the one hand, people dink 15' putts all the time. On the other hand, if they are very consistent putting, giving them gimmies on all the shorties early in a round can leave them unprepared for the longer putts when they come up. Making a few shorties in a row can build putting confidence. Keep this in mind if your opponent gives you gimmies as well.
It is in the tournament rules that even a putt under the basket has to be marked and putt out.

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