Sometimes when play, I relish the option to make a tough shot into the green. There is a sense of satisfaction when I execute a challenging shot with precision. Success happens more often than not these days, but in the past I would avoid any challenging shots because fear of failure ruled my shot selections.
There is no sage advice in this post, but I wanted to show you what I mean and wonder if you feel the same way.
This is a difficult hole. You can see the pin on the back left. The entire green falls to the front of the green away from the pin. Usually, the wind is blowing briskly from left to right. The front of the green is 155 yards from the tee and the back is 185 yards. Where the pin is now, the shot is about 175 yards from the tee.
The difficulty on this hole presents itself by under clubbing or not making solid contact with the ball. I can guess you can figure out that either of those results in a ball landing in the hazard.
I have played this hole about 20 times over the years and have developed a plan (through trial and error) that results in at least a par 75% of the time. My solution to this success is to forget the pin and aim for the middle of the green. At 175 yards, I will use a 6 or 5 iron depending on the wind.
In my earlier rounds, I dreaded playing this hole. However, after realizing that I was placing too much pressure on myself, I now look forward to teeing it up. By going for the center of the green, I rely on my putter to either make birdie or par. If I had that option on every hole, I would take it in a heart beat.
So there you have it, playing difficult holes are fun. It is a matter of finding the shot that provides the best percentage for success. How would you play this amazing golf hole?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!