LONG DRIVES ARE OVER-RATED
Watching the pros on television can be a spectacle. Most of them are able to hit their drives over 280 metres, and the average golfer thinks they need to do the same in order to improve their scores. However, they do not have the power or technique to do so and often end up disappointed with the game.
Distance is a great asset but is not everything in golf. Keeping the ball in the fairway and playing the hole to your own ability is what is required to make a good score on a hole. The key for most club golfers is to eliminate the double bogey. There are holes that demand a driver off the tee, but most courses (off the club tees) are not long. This is where you should consider using a 3-wood, rescue or iron off the tee. Hitting driver may bring hazards or danger into play, and can be an inconsistent club.
The par-4 12th at Glendower, home of the SA Open, is a superb example of planning how to play a hole to your capabilities, as there are different ways to play it. The creek that flows diagonally down the left hand side makes the tee shot crucial. Unless you can carry the water, a wiser decision is to play for a perfect layup distance into the green. That’s the secret to not making a big score at No 12, and will save you a lot of frustration.