SHORT-SIDING AND KNOWING WHERE TO MISS
There is such a thing as a good miss, and if you can start figuring this out it’ll make life and your scorecard much better.
When assessing approach shots, try to look at the green and think, if I was to miss the putting surface where would the easiest chip be from? And where would the hardest chip be from?
While we all like to aim at the pin and pull the trigger, understanding the percentages and aiming away from the hole (or middle of the green) can often help. A lot of the time it’s about taking danger out of play as opposed to hitting perfect shots at the pin.
Recently, I’ve been having good results with Jack Nicklaus’ method of just aiming at the middle of the green every time and moving the ball towards the pin with a draw or a fade shot.
I’ve also learnt that it’s best to try to avoid going for pins where you can easily end up behind a bunker or where a hole is cut really close to one edge of the green.
By giving yourself the flattest chips, with the most green surface to work with, you’re instantly maximising your chances of getting the ball up and down should you miss the green with your approach shot.
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