Why’d I Do That?

Sim­ple 7-iron. Over wa­ter. Not so sim­ple

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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

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