‘Get More Birdie Looks’

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY RICKIE FOWLER

Learn to smash a wood and a stiff wedge, and the course is yours.


IN ANY GIVEN ROUND, your score largely comes down to how you play the “tween­ers.” A tweener is any hole where the par on the score­card doesn’t feel like the par for you. Your ex­pec­ta­tion lies some­where be­tween, which means it’s an op­por­tu­nity. If you’re a long hit­ter, a par 5 where you can get on or near the green in two strokes is a tweener. A five al­most seems like a bo­gey, so the hole is essen­tially a par 4½. More typ­i­cal for am­a­teurs is fac­ing a par 4 that’s a beast, where you’re destined to be hit­ting a fair­way wood for the sec­ond shot no mat­ter how well you hit the drive. Pitch on and two-putt, and you walk away with a bo­gey even though you didn’t make a mis­take. Or make the putt, and that par is a big boost of mo­men­tum, al­most like a birdie. On the PGA Tour, we even con­sider some driv­able par 4s as tween­ers, be­cause you’re giv­ing a lit­tle back to the field each time you don’t make a 3. What do these holes have in com­mon? No mat­ter who you are, the skills to score on them are twofold. You have to be able to smash a wood up around the green and then pitch a wedge close enough to give your­self a good chance to make the putt. The tech­ni­cal keys to these two shots couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent, but if you can link this com­bi­na­tion of power and touch, you can re­ally take ad­van­tage of the tween­ers. Let me show you how.

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