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Old 07-21-2019, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by SD86 View Post
I don't disagree with any of that, but after watching the first two rounds of the FPO and MPO, I've come to the conclusion that it may not matter where they tee off from, to wit:

The MPO top players can approach, and they can putt. I watched Simon Lizotte can 40 ft. putts with seeming ease, and of course Paul, Wysocki, and Eagle putt well. And the approaches and versatile shots from seemingly difficult positions never ceases to amaze.

But the FPO? I apologize in advance; I want the women to do well. But they can't putt. Even inside the circle. Catrina Allen, one of the top 3 or 4 best female DG players on the planet... misses 6 foot putts. Paige Pierce has gotten some of her putting form and confidence back, but even she is nowhere near the top several cards of MPO players. And we're not talking all that great distances, here.

And while the MPO players are good enough at putting they don't need to be super-accurate in their approaches... they are. McBeth's black Zone leaves his hand from just about anywhere, and shows up inside the bullseye circle. Same with the other MPO players; you know they're going to be close. But the FPOs? It's just not the same. Sure the guys have bad shots and bad holes, but some of these ladies... and some of the best of them, just aren't nearly as consistently good.

So let the ladies tee off on the men's tees, and they might average a full extra throw more than the men. Or let them tee off from closer. In the European Open it doesn't seem to matter... because the FPO players aren't putting nor approaching nearly as well as their MPO counterparts.

TL;DR: MPO can putt lights out; FPO can't.
It is because putting and approaching from a stand still require upper body strength.

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