“Sometimes the middle of the green is no good.”
Centre of Attention Know when to aim at the flag
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