Poll results: Answers to golf’s 18 toughest choices

January 24, 2017

Every golfer loves a good debate: Tee high or tee it low? Jack or Tiger? Scotland or Ireland? But where do GOLF.com readers come down on these age-old questions? Over several days last week we polled you on 18 choices that golfers face, with the hopes of better understanding the psyche of the American golfer. More than 3,800 of you voiced your opinions, and some of the results might surprise you. (Zach Johnson over Dustin Johnson?!) The envelope, please!

1. In your ideal round, you are…

Walking: 64%
Riding: 36%

Read: The 10 best walks in golf, by Joe Passov.

2. If you have time for one, your pre-round warm-up is at the…

Driving Range: 53%
Putting Green: 47%

Read: How to loosen up for a round in 15 minutes or less, by Top 100 Teacher Scott Munroe

3. When it comes to the rules, you play…

By the book: 60%
Fast and loose: 40%

Watch: Rules Guy breaks down all your rules questions

4. Which of these two events would you rather attend?

The Masters: 81%
Ryder Cup: 19%

Read: The Era that made the Masters: 1958-66, by Michael Bamberger

5. The greatest golfer of all time is:

Tiger Woods:  38%
Jack Nicklaus: 62%

Read: Tiger vs. Jack – Major Championship records

6. With driver in hand, you prefer to…

Tee it high: 70%
Tee it low: 30%

Read: How to decide whether to tee it high or low? 

7. If you can only carry one or the other…

Hybrid: 81%
3-iron: 19%

Read: The easy way to play hybrids, by Padraig Harrington

8. Would you rather drive it…

As long as Dustin Johnson: 49%
As accurate as Zach Johnson: 51%

Watch: My keys to better drives, by Zach Johnson 

9. If you could get one lesson, it would be from…

Butch Harmon: 74%
Hank Haney: 26%

Read: The 11 most expensive teachers in golf 

10. Your dream golf destination is…

Scotland: 70%
Ireland: 30%

Read: The 18 best courses in Scotland

11. From the apron of the green, you’re pulling a…

Wedge: 30%
Putter: 70%

Read: How to putt from the fringe

12. During a round, you’re…

Boozing: 24%
Abstaining: 76%

Read: How to handle a hangover on the golf course

13. At the course your cell phone policy is…

In your pocket: 14%
In your bag: 73%
In your car: 13%

PHOTOS: The pros on their cell phones 

14. The ideal number of holes in one day is…

9: 3%
18: 72%
36: 25%

Read: Alan Shipnuck plays all 72 holes at Bandon Dunes in one day

15.  In most rounds you prefer to…

Tee it forward: 65%
Play the tips: 35%

Read: The Case for … easier course setups, by Michael Bamberger 

16. The most iconic par 3 in America is…

No. 7 at Pebble Beach: 30%
No. 12 at Augusta: 70%

Read: Augusta’s Hellacious, Terrifying, Treacherous Par-3 12th Hole is the Best Hole in the Country, By Rick Reilly

17. When facing a risky approach to a par 5, you’re most likely to…

Go for it: 36%
Lay up: 64%

Read: Laying up doesn’t mean giving up, by Peter Kostis 

18. The most important question of all: At the turn, you’re gabbing a…

Burger: 24%
Hot dog: 68%
Wheatgrass smoothie: 7%

Read: What the pros eat during their rounds