“Have your slice of cake!”
- How well do we REALLY know our yardages? I would imagine a high percentage of golfers possess a distance measuring device, but do we really know our average club yardage. If you have been working with your coach, following a fitness programme or had a custom fit it is likely that you will need to reassess your club carry distances which is an easy process but takes a little time.
- As golfers we want to “have a go” at a shot that realistically he or she knows is not within their skill set but feels they must because everyone else in the group will have a go!
Course Management is an essential element to producing lower scores or additional stableford points. The decision making process has a massive outcome on subsequent shots during a round and can easily affect confidence and motivation levels in a detrimental way.
I like to coach “There is show golf and there is golf”
My goal is to produce the lowest score possible not necessarily using the most flamboyant shots in the book to try and impress!
So, looking at the cake if we think it is unlikely we are able to carry the water & bunker, let’s play “snooker” plan our way down the hole, leaving ourselves a shot that we are capable and confident of playing with damage limitation and a chance for a par.
- A tee shot aimed towards the green side right hand bunker number (from the tee) with a club producing a yardage that will finish short of the bunker
- This will leave a choice of shots aimed to the right of the flag avoiding all the trouble
- Playing smart in this instance will leave a possible par putt thus reducing the likelihood of too many dropped shots.
- Play within your skill and handicap level
- Don’t attempt a shot you have never practiced before!
- Don’t always aim at the flag (This will have been emphasised during the Masters)
- Centre of the green will leave you close every time with less chance of a 3 putt
- Be flexible with club selection, hit a fairway wood from the tee if this means centre of the fairway or ideal position
- “Don’t play to impress… play to score” SBG
If you would like any information on course management sessions either as a group or on an individual basis please contact me.