September 23

1 important thing that separates pros vs. amateurs (simple)

Here’s Today’s Tip… 1 important thing that separates pros vs. amateurs

One of the hardest parts about playing good golf is making the right choices and managing your way around the golf course. Sharp course management skills are one of the things that separate today’s top touring pros from amateur golfers like you and me.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment and go for it on every shot, but you can play smarter and lower your scores by thinking one shot ahead.

Here are 2 situations where thinking one shot ahead can mean the difference between a par and a double bogey.

Thinking one shot ahead on Par 4’s. When most golfers walk onto the tee box of a Par 4 their first instinct is to reach for their driver and blast their ball as far up the fairway as they possibly can. A smarter approach is to evaluate the length of the hole and take into account your favorite approach shot distance before selecting the club for your tee shot. If the hole is 325 yards long and your favorite approach shot distance is 125 yards, you only need a 200 yard tee shot to set yourself up. Not only does this put you in a great position to hit the green in regulation, but since you’re clubbing down off the tee you are also less likely to hit a banana ball into the woods.

Thinking one shot ahead on Par 5¹s
. If you hit a good tee shot on a Par 5, you might feel like taking out a fairway wood and smashing your ball as far as you can up the fairway toward the green. Again – the smarter approach is to evaluate the distance to the hole and take into account your favorite approach shot distance. If you’re 225 yards away from the hole and your favorite approach shot distance is 100 yards all you need to do is hit a nice easy 125 yard shot to put yourself in perfect position for your approach. And, since you¹re hitting a short iron instead of a long fairway wood you¹re bound to be be much more accurate.

Thinking one shot ahead in these situations will help you play smarter shots, lower your scores, boost your confidence!

To Thinking Ahead,

Chuck