Pros Advice

Golfers’ biggest mistakes: part three

Paul Thomas

25 April 2022

What does the phrase ‘course management’ bring to mind for you? If you’re thinking about taking a driver or an iron off the tee, that’s definitely part of it. But there’s a lot more to striking that balance between risk and reward.

Picture the scenario

Looking at the illustration below, imagine finding yourself with a tricky lie in the rough and a wedge in your hand. There’s danger lurking around the pin and a safe area in the heart of the green, so what play is going to help your scorecard the most?

Safe vs. risk shot

What's your play?

If you find yourself in a position like this in future, try to remember this: You’re not Seve! The temptation to go for glory – for the Hollywood shot – can suck you in towards the pin, but finding that safe area instead of the water, or even just missing the green, could be the difference between a bogey and a cricket score.

Taking your medicine is never fun, but it means you can carry on your round with a good score still in your sights. If you feel like you could use a bit of advice on how to walk off the 18th smiling at your scorecard, feel free to have a chat with us in the pro shop any time.

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