GET AS CLOSE AS POS­SI­BLE

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

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.

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