“When a birdie hole comes along, you’ve got to take ad­van­tage.”

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Play Your Best -

PLAY IT YOUR WAY

A front hole lo­ca­tion makes this par 4 play even shorter, invit­ing more play­ers to have a go. With this green open­ing on the left, the ideal shot is a fade for right­ies. But don’t feel pres­sure to go against your nat­u­ral shot shape. If you like to draw it, aim at the mid­dle of the green and work it in. Most im­por­tant is to hit your drive solid to give your­self a chance.

KEEP ON THE COR­RECT SIDE OF THE SWALE

The bot­tom of the swale is six feet lower than the rest of the green. From there it’s a chal­leng­ing two-putt to any cup above, but doable if you fo­cus on dis­tance con­trol. If you lay up off the tee, you’ll have a short ap­proach, so you should have enough con­trol to hit the cor­rect tier. The worst mis­take is to be in a bunker that leaves the swale be­tween you and the hole. Then it’s an ex­act­ing shot to get the next one close.

DON’T BACK DOWN

With the flag tucked in this back-right cor­ner, time to lay up, right? Not so fast. This ac­tu­ally is a very get­table hole lo­ca­tion. You can at­tempt to carry the bunker in front, or aim for the left half of the green and use the pitch of the swale to feed the ball all the way back. Fin­ish al­most any­where on this green and you’re guar­an­teed an up­hill putt to a cup in a flat area. Even a me­diocre first putt from long range should get you to at least 15 feet— about the same length of a stel­lar wedge had you con­ser­va­tively laid up.

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