“There’s noth­ing wrong with mak­ing half a bo­gey.”

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play -

The score­card says it’s a par 4, but if I learned any­thing that week, it’s that some­times that num­ber is ir­rel­e­vant. Of­ten you hear long hit­ters talk about a par 5 that’s eas­ily reach­able in two strokes as be­ing a par 4½, but it’s the ip side – those very di cult par 4s – that re­quire closer at­ten­tion.

I bet your course has at least one par 4 that’s more like a 4½. It might play that way all the time, or only in wet or windy con­di­tions. Once you iden­tify the hole, con­sider if play­ing to the green in three strokes in­stead of forc­ing two shots will re­sult in a lower av­er­age score. Since 1962, I’ve played Rail­way 4-iron-4-iron-wedge a bunch of times. –

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