There’s water on one side of the green, and you need to make a decision.
It’s always tempting to go for it, but that little pond sometimes turns into an ocean in your thoughts.
In the video below, you’ll find out when you should attack the pin and how to eliminate one side of the course (the bad side!) by visualizing what I refer to as “the wall.”
Use the course management methods in the video to play smart golf, and your scores will drop.
Video: Course Management and “The Wall”
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Some Holes Are Just Par Holes
To lower your scores, you must accept this!
We all want to birdie every hole, but sometimes we need to play smart golf by playing for par and making it to the next hole in one piece.
Pros weigh the risks versus the rewards for each shot, and so should you.
Take a look at the pic below to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
Don’t Be a Sucker
Sometimes the greenskeeper wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and places the pin in a very dangerous spot.
This is what’s called a “sucker pin.” (shown above)
It tries to pull you in and make you go for it. If you go for it and stick it next to the pin, then bravo!
But over time, going for it will put you in the drink more often then you’d ever want.
For consistently low scores, don’t get suckered into these traps. Play it smart and you’ll avoid the bogeys (or worse) that will stain your scorecard.
Put Up “The Wall” as Defense Against the Sucker Pin
If you’re staring down a sucker pin, don’t let the bad thoughts enter your head.
Putting up “the wall” is a great visualization tool that will help you eliminate one side of the course.
It’s as if you’re constructing a giant wall that mentally keeps you from thinking about all of the bad things that can happen.
As you can see in the pic below, putting up a wall will help you focus on hitting the shot that you need to hit.
Shot Dispersion: A Critical Concept
Do you hit your shots perfectly every time?
Well, I’m assuming that you’re human, so that means that sometimes your shots don’t go exactly where you want.
This is why it’s important to pick a spot on the green, put up “the wall”, and hit it to your spot.
Even if you miss, you’ll still have a good chance at par.
Only the most horrendous of shots will put you in the drink.
Attacking the pin every hole means trouble. If you’re even a little bit off target on a sucker pin, you’ll rack up the bogeys.
Use Your Ball Striking to Work the Ball In
Now that you’ve put up a wall to avoid the disaster, let’s focus on where you should be aiming for smart golf.
Ideally, you’ll want to pick a spot on the green and work the ball towards the hole.
By doing this, you may still have a chance at birdie, but at the very least, you’ll set yourself up for an easy par.
And that’s all you need on holes like this.
Remember to pick your battles. Don’t let a “sucker pin” derail your round.
Please note that in the video and the pics, I’m focusing on drawing the ball.
The visualization method of putting up “the wall” also works if you’d like to fade the ball towards the hole.
You can learn how to fade and draw the ball on command with my 9 Days to Amazing Ball Striking Series.
When You Should Attack the Pin
It’s not all about playing safe.
If you’re within 120 yards or so, and you’re hitting the ball well, then by all means, go for it.
The vast majority of birdies are made with approach shots within 120 yards.
If you’re in this position, take dead aim and grab the birdie!
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