SWING TO A DISTANCE
you step up on short par 4s and your instinct is to get as close to the green as possible, so you whale away with your driver. That’s okay for good players, but golfers less skilled with wedges need to look at the shot they’re leaving themselves. If you’re playing a 300-metre hole and you drive it 240, the remaining 60-metre shot can be one of the toughest.Add in a small green or deep front bunker – common features on short par 4s – and you can make a big number fast.
The trick on these holes is to drive the ball to your favourite wedge distance. For some players, it’s a full wedge, like 110 metres, or a three-quarter shot of 80 or 90 metres .Then you look at the length of the hole (300) and subtract your favourite distance (110) to figure out what you want from your tee shot. In this case, covering 190 metres might mean hitting a hybrid or long iron .Then just commit to covering that distance, not swinging like you have a driver in your hands. You’ll make more birdies that way than trying to pitch it close from an awkward distance nearer the green.