Strate­gic ap­proach

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Am I the only one who’s thor­oughly en­joy­ing tak­ing on the cold-weather con­di­tions? In the past, I’ve shied away from play­ing much dur­ing the win­ter – as much as I love golf, get­ting out of bed at 7am on a Satur­day and putting five lay­ers on wasn’t some­thing that was ever go­ing to hap­pen. How­ever, af­ter much ear chew­ing, I played with a friend the other day and loved it.

I came to realise that one of the things I en­joy most about the game is chal­leng­ing my­self in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions. Most of us can put a good score to­gether when the fair­ways are run­ning, it’s sunny and there isn’t much rough, but it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game in near-freez­ing con­di­tions. I found my­self think­ing much more about shot place­ment and strat­egy, rather than reach­ing for a driver au­to­mat­i­cally off ev­ery tee and try­ing to reach ev­ery sin­gle par 4 in two strokes.

In­stead of hit­ting a 3-wood from 220 yards and try­ing to force one onto the front edge of a par 4, I found my­self think­ing about the best lay-up ar­eas and how I could make par from there. Yes, we all like hav­ing a gung-ho ap­proach from time to time, but there’s a lot to be said for the sat­is­fac­tion gained by adopt­ing a more prag­matic ap­proach and think­ing your way round. Tim Elling­ton, Strat­ford

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