At­tack Mode

Mak­ing hay on a driv­able par 4

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Play Your Best - —WITH MAX ADLER

The 14th hole on the Out­law course at Desert Moun­tain in Scotts­dale (il­lus­trated), a course I de­signed in 2003, is a down­hill par 4 with a big green that mea­sures just 255 yards from the mid­dle tees and 338 yards at the tips. It’s what I call a re­lief hole, or one that’s easy to par and fun to play. I bet your course has one or two holes likes this.

If you’re se­ri­ous about scor­ing, a par here should feel al­most like a dis­ap­point­ment. This hole is set up to make birdie. If you’ve got the fire­power to get on or near the green with the tee shot, don’t just bash away. Study the hole lo­ca­tion to fig­ure out the best way for you to at­tack on that day. This is why we’ve cut away the tee boxes and the fair­way from the draw­ing above. Your fo­cus should be squarely on the green com­plex.

The hole’s main pro­tec­tors are four bunkers and a swale—or the large de­pres­sion in the green. Es­pe­cially in fast con­di­tions, it can be tricky to judge the pace of a putt or chip across the swale, but this fea­ture is also there to help. Like a catcher’s mitt, it col­lects shots com­ing in hot from long range, so you can try for that ea­gle with a put­ter in your hand.

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