How to choose the right shot for the mo­ment

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My rules for play­ing short par 4s.

The most pop­u­lar for­mat among week­end golfers is match play.You can play head to head (sin­gles) or with a part­ner (bet­ter ball). It’s a kinder game than stroke play be­cause big num­bers are less dis­as­trous, and it’s fun be­cause there’s an­other layer of strat­egy. In ad­di­tion to un­der­stand­ing how your skills t a par­tic­u­lar hole, you weigh what the other player or team is ca­pa­ble of.

Match play gets ex­cit­ing when there are two or three ways to play a hole. More per­mu­ta­tions ex­ist for your shot to a ect your op­po­nent’s next move. On the fourth tee at Old Corkscrew Golf Club, a course I de­signed in Es­tero, Florida, you have three choices. How the match stands might fac­tor into your de­ci­sion, but most im­por­tant is to lean on your strengths. I’d bet you have a hole like this one where you play.

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