4 OB­SO­LETE SHOTS & WHAT TO PLAY TO­DAY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best - —with matthew rudy BY HANK HANEY GOLF DI­GEST TEACH­ING PRO­FES­SIONAL

Some ad­vice has been around for so long that it has been ac­cepted as au­to­matic, and no­body ever ques­tions it. But mas­sive im­prove­ments in equip­ment and ac­cess to statis­tics for play­ers at ev­ery level tell us that you prob­a­bly need to re­think how you ap­proach some sit­u­a­tions on the course. Many play­ers have had it drilled into their heads that they need to be care­ful, pick the low­est-risk shots and nav­i­gate the safest routes they can find. That can be true, es­pe­cially when haz­ards and out-of-bounds are threat­en­ing, but in many other sce­nar­ios, a dif­fer­ent ap­proach will in­crease your odds of mak­ing a bet­ter score. On the fac­ing page is a list of four shots you don’t need to hit any­more, all the way from the tee to around the green. Be­low, I’ll ex­plain why they’re ob­so­lete and how you can re­place them – and im­me­di­ately mod­ernise your game.

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