SHORT-SID­ING AND KNOW­ING WHERE TO MISS

The Cut - - PLAY LIKE A PRO -

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.

COACH: ZAINE MIKKEL­SON NZPGA CLASS AAA EMAIL: zaine­mikkel­son@gmail.com NEXT TIME: Shap­ing the ball.

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