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(Both mean much. This is a game of accumulating money. Credit to Coach Jim Nelson for passing along an MLB player’s method of “paying himself” for his successes.)

This is the next step in a game a golfer plays, that reflects the way they played, not just the score they made.

The previous dollar examples, from the $36 lesson apply. In addition to dollars, change is awarded for delicate chips and pitches 10¢, chips 5¢, pitches 25¢, and shown here a Canadian dollar, or looney, which is good for about 67¢. Just remember dime, nickel, quarter, dollar.

The sensitivity of a pitch or chip determines the bottom of the swing, where the bounce (rounded bottom of the club) meets the ground. The difference between a chip and a pitch is the use of wrists. On a chip wrist action is unnecessary. Pitches involve hinging the wrists.

How to play: well hit shots are worth their monetary value. A drive in the fairway is good for a dollar. Question: Why only a dollar? Answer: Because it is better to swing freely off the tee than worry about the value of the shot. An approach is worth five, seven or ten dollars. That is the amount paid for hitting the green ($5 for a half shot, $7 for a three-quarter, and $10 for a full shot). Laying up into the fairway is worth $2.00. Double the value of a drive, because the layup sets up a scoring opportunity. Scoring opportunities are worth more money. Question: Isn’t it always best to hit a full shot, then? Answer: Not if the payoff is zero dollars. It’s easier to reach the green with a half or three-quarter shot. Most golfers miss short. Bragging about hitting a wedge, five iron, etc. a long distance, but coming up short, isn’t actually worth anything, in the game of golf. On a three shot hole, hitting the fairway with the second is also worth the value of the shot. Note, that’s a three shot hole, not just par fives. Payable for someone who needs three shots on long par fours. The idea is to promote good golf, and reward good play. No matter the golfer’s skill level. Question: Can this game be played against others? For real money? Answer: Any game can be played against others. It’s just a matter of agreeing on conditions. See using handicaps below. Question: What’s the value of playing a game with myself? Answer: Score doesn’t show the quality of shots. We say we shot one under our handicap, and that says something, but it doesn’t describe where shots were gained or lost. See example below for more. Handicaps: To make the game fair, on a stroke hole either the first or second putts count for dollars per foot. On a no-stroke hole, only the first putt counts for dollars. On a two-stroke hole, the first or second putt counts for dollars and the shot after the approach, i.e. hitting the green in three on a par four, four on a par five or two on a par three is good for dollars. (The same rule above applies, half shot=$5, three quarter=$7 and full=$10. With anything short of a half shot being worth $5, i.e. pitches, chips, etc. A long hitter will have two chances to hit a par five in full dollar quantities, so it’s only fair for a high handicap golfer to get similar chances, on difficult holes. *Three putts and penalty shots are the only way to incur negative dollars. Only first and second putts count toward the positive, and the dollars earned match the number of feet of the putt made. On three putts the length of the second putt is deducted from the payout. Penalty strokes are deductions too. O.B. off the tee, subtract the value of the shot. ($1) for a tee shot, ($10)for a full approach shot, ($7) for a three quarter shot, etc.) Water balls, lost balls and unplayable penalties are also penalized the dollar figure of the shot that caused the penalty. Missed second putts count negative for every foot of putt missed. A missed ten foot putt will negate hitting the green. A missed three foot second putt will cost $3, etc. On two chip holes subtract the value of the first shot. (.05) for a chip shot, (~.67) for a sand shot or flop. The second chip has no value. Like a three putt, the penalty is on the shot that should not have been missed, the recovery is worth nothing. For putts over twenty feet, award $25 for lags and $35 for bombs. That’s how good they feel. Similarly, long holed shots count for big money. Holing a shot from off the green for net bogey or worse, pays $25, a holed shot from off the green for par pays $35. Like a bullseye in darts, holed shots for net birdie pay $50 and holed shots for net eagles or better pay $100. Those are the shots that “keep us coming back” and pay figures worth remembering.

In this example, the figures were kept on a notes app. A small composition notebook is also a good choice, for those who wish to distance themselves from their phone, on the golf course.

The dollar figures tell a story. We see from the cents on the first hole the green was nearly hit. A dime (delicate) chip or pitch was played, probably from the fringe. That means the eight dollars were made by either sinking an eight foot putt, for par, or seven foot putt and also hitting the fairway. In either case, the golfer was off to a good start. Similarly, the approach into the second hole was a near miss, and another putt must have been made. The third hole describes a hit green, because there are no cents. The figure will have been arrived at by hitting a shot shorter than full, into the green. Which means it must be a short to medium length par four, or short par three. The fourth hole was not hit in regulation, and the shot into the green was either long, a flop shot or a bunker shot. The putt made could have been for a par or bogey. A bogey on a hard hole can feel perfectly fine. Well worth $4.67. Even if it was for par, the player should have hit better shots. They’re scrambling, that’s why they’re not getting paid much. The fifth hole paid nothing, probably because the green was hit, (known by the lack of cents) but the second putt was missed for the amount earned by hitting the green. That is very much what three putting a hit green feels like. They must have really botched the first putt, to completely offset the value of hitting a green. The sixth hole paid a quarter, for hitting the green with a pitch shot, after missing the approach. The fairway also wasn’t hit. There were no dollars awarded for a made putt because the hole wasn’t a stroke hole. That hole could have been valuable, we see though that the pitch shot wasn’t capitalized on. The seventh hole was a good one. Putt made, shot made, possibly also a fairway. No pitch or chip. GIR and two putts for a par. Eight must have been another three putt. There is no way to arrive at $2 unless the second putt was missed. Shame. That’s how it feels to hit a good approach and follow it up poorly. Nine tells a pretty rough story. The approach shot must have been hit into a hazard, possibly water. The cost of that mis-stroke was negative dollars (denoted by parentheses), probably a full shot ($10), plus .5¢ for chipping on and $2 for a made putt. It could have been the second or first putt. Double and triple bogeys feel horrible, but a second putt pays on a stroke hole. In the end, the total dollars earned were $34.07. The golfer’s playing partners will have taken score, or they can recount the numbers when they enter their handicap. They may well have kept track on the GHIN app, or something similar, while they played. The statistics and scores kept for a handicap help other golfers understand how good they are. MondoMundo keeps a record of the golfer’s experience.

The above tells another story, of a round started strong that lapsed into a very bad hole, then rebounded. This kind of lesson instructs how important it is to maintain throughout the round.

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Masters 2022, Friday morning rounds. Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Rory Mcilroy, Brooks Koepka. (Below) Rory’s Sunday 64 was worth $129.72 on the front nine and $160.27 on the back. For a total of $289.99. These are good numbers for aspiring pros to keep in mind.