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How to play for a miss

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best -

n par 5s, bombers get ex­cited when they have a chance to reach the green with the sec­ond shot. Same with shorter hit­ters on long par 4s. Although it’s great to em­brace op­por­tu­nity with ag­gres­sive play, the ama­teur mis­take is to get pre­oc­cu­pied with cov­er­ing the dis­tance of a lengthy ap­proach and ig­nore what’s go­ing on around the green. Lay­ing up or plan­ning to miss to a cer­tain side should be part of your think­ing. Be­cause let’s be rea­son­able: If you’re us­ing a wood or hy­brid, your chances of hit­ting the green are less than 50 per­cent.You need to ask, From where am I most likely to put my third shot close?

Con­sider the par-5 13th hole at Con­ces­sion Golf Club (il­lus­trated) in Braden­ton, Florida, which is a course I de­signed with in­put from my friend Tony Jack­lin. The hole is a use­ful ex­am­ple of a long hole with a green com­plex that makes you think. – with max adler


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