How to make a hole play to your strength
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.