Sunday, August 21, 2011

Don't Be A Stooge! Play Smart Golf!

 After watching the PGA Championship last weekend, I was reminded of how important game management is to keeping a round under control.  Here are just a two ways you can manage your way around the course.

1st When you miss a fairway either in the deep rough or  in the trees it is important to remember not to be a hero here.  Just take your medicine and do your best to get the ball back in the fairway where the tee shot should have landed.  In some cases you can even advance the ball further down the fairway.  The thing to keep in mind here is the tee shot is only one stroke, and if you play it smart, par or bogey is not so bad.  Taking the hero approach could get a round going in the wrong direction quickly.

2nd   Play a smart tee shot.  Too many times I watch players grab driver on par 4s and 5s without giving any thought to it.  Depending on the player, knowing how far you have to the end or turn of the fairway, may only require a 3 wood or hybrid.  Knowing what your favorite yardage is for the second shot will also help you pick a wise club to tee off with.  I hope that you find these tips helpful in you game. Remember to take each shot seriously and put some thought into it. Don't just grab a club and start wailing. Being a smart golfer will save you unnecessary strokes and make your round more enjoyable.