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