Tinker I’m the same so why try to kill it pat 5’s.just smooth solid tee shot and set up next 2 shots for green in reg.
I should learn this lesson, but it goes against my nature somehow. There is a course close to my home that has a short and flat par 5 with a pond left and partially in front of the green. It generally plays about 480, and I've reached it a couple of times over the years with a 5 wood shot and a 4 iron shot if I remember correctly, but only birdied it those two times over probably 50 tries. Last year I played that course 5 times, and each time I was forced to lay up due to a poorly struck drive, and each time I got the layup within 80 - 100 yards and stuck a wedge inside of 15 feet. I think I had 3 birdies and 2 pars. I should be able to do the same on just about any par 5, but there still is a drive to go for it. I think it is because I play more for fun than score, but that instinct to hit every shot as hard and far as possible is strong.