“Some­times the mid­dle of the green is no good.”

Cen­tre of At­ten­tion Know when to aim at the flag

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Play Your Best Strategy By Jack Nicklaus -

The mid­dle of the green should be your de­fault tar­get. In my ca­reer, I al­ways pre­ferred a pair of 69s than to card 65-85. It doesn’t mat­ter how tal­ented you are. If you ha­bit­u­ally go di­rectly at flag­sticks, hop­ing every round might be a scorcher, you’re go­ing to shoot way more scores at the high end of your range.

This is a fairly straight­for­ward con­cept – ex­cept when it isn’t. With cer­tain green com­plexes, the best strat­egy can be to aim some­where other than the mid­dle.The par-3 fourth on the Prospec­tor Course at Su­per­sti­tion Moun­tain (il­lus­trated), a lay­out north of Scotts­dale that I de­signed with my son, Gary, is a prime ex­am­ple. A big ridge runs through the cen­tre, ef­fec­tively mak­ing it play like two smaller greens. De­pend­ing on the hole lo­ca­tion and your short-game skills, you might be bet­ter served leav­ing a chip for birdie. – with max adler

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