‘Play the per­cent­ages on shorter par 4s’


It’s al­ways tempt­ing to hit driver and get the ball as close as you can to the green on shorter par 4s but that isn’t al­ways your best chance of mak­ing birdie or par, es­pe­cially when there’s more dan­ger around your driver land­ing area. The ben­e­fit of a shorter par 4 is you can aim for the wider part of the fair­way with less club and still leave a short iron to the green. Some­times you have to ac­cept that you’ll have a lit­tle longer shot in if that makes it eas­ier to hit the fair­way with your tee shot. There are times when I’d rather have 130 yards from the fair­way than 100 yards out of the rough or a sand trap be­cause you can con­trol the ball bet­ter from the fair­way.

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