PLAY FOR THE CEN­TRE OF THE GREEN

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

Range-find­ing tech­nol­ogy is so help­ful and cool. It’s great to know that you need 204 me­tres to carry that stream off the tee, or that the flag is ex­actly 147 me­tres away. But know­ing the pre­cise dis­tance to your tar­get doesn’t change the fact that many play­ers don’t hit their clubs a con­sis­tent dis­tance. You might know that your ideal 8-iron goes 140 me­tres, but re­al­is­ti­cally, most go shorter than that. The dis­tances to the cen­tre and back of the green are the ones you should use in de­ter­min­ing club se­lec­tion. Play a round where you ig­nore the dis­tance to the flag on your ap­proaches and in­stead play to the cen­tre of the green when the pin is in the front and a lit­tle past cen­tre when it’s in the back. Your goal is to end up some­where in the fat part of the green and leave your­self a good chance to two-putt. When you shoot for the mid­dle, you’ll hit more greens and avoid miss­ing where even a tour player would strug­gle to get up and down.

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