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Question on Mental Game:

How many strokes do you estimate can be saved by having local course knowledge as opposed to playing a course for the first time?

Quite a few. The higher the handicapper, the more strokes can be saved. Knowing where trouble is and being able to avoid high numbers is the key. There is nothing worse than playing a course blind, hitting a good, solid shot and getting penalized for it because you didn't know what lay ahead. If you ever end up on a course you've not seen before I would definitely purchase a yardage book or spend ample time studying the score card if you don't have time for a practice round.

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