‘You shouldn’t al­ways go for a reach­able par 5 in two’


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Went­worth’s iconic 18th is a great ex­am­ple of a risk-re­ward par 5. You have to know what is a good score for you to work out your strat­egy. This de­pends on whether it’s a shot hole, the sit­u­a­tion and how you’re play­ing. If you need an ea­gle or birdie chance then you have to be ag­gres­sive all the way up the hole. But if par is a good score and you want to avoid a big num­ber then your best chance is to leave a full wedge for your third shot. In that case, there’s no point hit­ting a risky tee shot or sec­ond shot. Keep things sim­ple with tee shot short of the bunkers and an iron into po­si­tion for your sec­ond.

Lay-up if the odds aren’t in your favour

If an ama­teur hits a good drive then they can prob­a­bly get to the green with a hybrid but I don’t think it is sen­si­ble as there’s a lot of trou­ble if you miss the green. Think about how of­ten you nor­mally hit the green with a hybrid and you should def­i­nitely lay up if you miss more of­ten than you hit it.

Pick the right line for your shape

If you do hit driver then you have to fade it away from the bunkers and round the corner or take it over the trees on the right if your shape is straighter or a draw. What­ever you do, min­imise your chances of hit­ting the bunkers on the left and elim­i­nate any chance of run­ning out into the wa­ter.

The safest com­bi­na­tion of line and club

You have to be re­ally care­ful with your line and club se­lec­tion on your ap­proach into the green when the wa­ter runs di­ag­o­nally like this be­cause you can never re­ally com­pletely take it out of play. Left and short is ob­vi­ously dead here and the best miss that will give you the eas­i­est chance to get up-and-down is long and right so favour that side.

Leave your favourite shot to the green

When I lay up I’m al­ways look­ing to leave my­self a good an­gle at the flag from 80 me­tres (87 yards) be­cause that’s a three-quar­ter swing with my 58° wedge, which is the shot I’m most con­fi­dent with in this po­si­tion. You know your strengths, so play to them and leave the shot and club you’re most com­fort­able with.

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