Why’d I Do That?
Simple 7-iron. Over water. Not so simple
ou’ve got a nice fairway lie, comfortable iron to a big green. But the pin’s up front, over a water hazard or a deep bunker. Using your range nder, you get the exact distance: 151. Perfect 7-iron. But just when you need a solid strike, you miss it a touch.You watch in agony as your ball splashes in the water or disappears in the sand. First, if you always think 7-iron from 150 metres, you probably carry it 145 and it rolls another ve.Those ve metres can be huge when you have to y something. Most golfers fail to factor in bounce and roll when they
Ydetermine distances to the pin. Do yourself a favour on all-carry shots: Add ve metres to your actual distance. Second thing:When you’re facing an intimidating shot, realise what it’s doing to you. Now is not the time to rm up your grip. Do the opposite: Relax your body, especially your hands, arms and shoulders.This will allow a fuller turn, a freer swing and better contact.Your shots will y higher and go further. And forget about that front pin. Would you rather have a 30-foot putt from the middle of the green, or be in the hazard? If Jordan Spieth had just played an 8-iron deeper into the green and le of the pin at No. 12 on Masters Sunday, he likely would’ve won another green jacket. Instead, he took a 9-iron and tried to hit a le -to-right shot to the right hole location, where there’s no margin for error. A er a slight mis-hit, he watched his ball hit the bank and roll back into the water. His quadruple-bogey 7 led to a T-2, three behind Danny Willett. Jim McLean