GET AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE
Laying up to a favourite distance is a myth that has probably come from selectively watching professional golf on television. You might see a tour player lay up on a par 5 to a preferred wedge distance, but 99 percent of the time if the pros have the opportunity to get near the green safely, they’ll bomb it down there. Plus, stats don’t lie. At every distance the PGA Tour measures, players hit it closer to the hole on average when they’re closer to the target. I don’t care how much you love having 7-iron into the green: Over the long term, you’re going to shoot better scores if you try to cover as much distance as possible. It’s always better to have a wedge in your hand than a longer iron. The only exceptions? When the longer shot puts you at risk of going into a hazard or deep grass, or leaves you with an awkward sidehill or downhill lie.