JACK NICK­LAUS

How to make a hole play to your strength

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents -

Why it takes only one good shot to make a par.

try to de­sign into nearly ev­ery par 4 the fol­low­ing sit­u­a­tion: To get in po­si­tion for an easy par, the golfer must hit at least one good shot.That good, bold shot can ei­ther be with the tee ball or the ap­proach. If your strong suit is driv­ing, maybe you take on more dif­fi­culty from the tee. But some­times it’s more sen­si­ble to play a con­ser­va­tive first shot and then take your chances with a tougher se­cond. Any haz­ards and the con­di­tion of the turf should help you de­cide.

Take the ninth hole at Sher­wood Coun­try Club (shown), just northwest of Los An­ge­les. The fur­ther the tee shot goes, the nar­rower the fair­way gets. Pull o an ag­gres­sive drive, and you might be left with a wedge in. And if you stick that close, you’ll be in po­si­tion for birdie: the re­ward for two good shots.

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