Our Second Shot Needs More Attention

10th hole, Glen Abbey Golf Club

Yesterday, I struggled hitting my second shot. I hit a few good shots, but my challenges on the links were all rooted in my second shot. As a result, I shot a 6 over 77 and feel disappointed because my errors were unforced and in my mind should not have happened.

Hitting the second shot is the most diverse part of our game. We can hit a wood, including a driver, long iron, short iron or putter. With all the different options, how can we possibly prepare to make quality second shots. Unlike preparing for our short game, here I can hit the same wedge repeatedly, preparing for any second shot is challenging at best. So where do I look for a solution?

Of course, we need to practice all our clubs. We focus on our short irons more than our middle and long irons; and of course who does not mind hitting our woods on the range. Continuing to practice all of our clubs is important for our entire game, but not specifically for our second shot. So what is the secret to improving our performance with our second shot?

After some thought, I think I know how to improve my second shot. Hit them better…..okay I was just kidding; the success of my second shot is rooted in course management. Instead of bashing the ball as far as I can, all the time, I need to think more before I play. I realized that my exuberance of playing this year, I forgot about course management. Well, yesterday’s round was a reminder that to play solid golf, I need to focus and manage on all parts of my game.

In this case, my poor second shots were a result of not selecting the right club, trying to hit the ball too far in poor areas, or leaving myself a difficult third shot or putt. I was playing golf, but I was not managing my game the way I should. Therefore, my next round will see a stark difference how I approach my second shots (all my shots actually) and hopefully, this will result in a lower score.

Do you pay enough attention to your second shot?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “Our Second Shot Needs More Attention

  1. Jim,

    I think that is when I play my best – when I’m strategically thinking about where I want to play my second shot from as opposed to just pounding it off the tee as far as I can and hope it ends up somewhere playable, haha


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  2. Great post. Yes, I can fall victim, if my second shot is not going to reach the green, of taking a club to hit as long as possible. All that happens is I end up 30 to 40 yards out, a distance I don’t like, rather than choosing a club to leave 70 to 90 yards, which is much better. Hopefully your post will make us all think a bit harder! Cheers, Rob.

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  3. When I have that problem it is always caused by the same thing. It is always my back swing. Always. I know better than to do it, but I will pull/draw back too far. When I do that, I loose control and hit bad shots.

    I used to do it just looking at a long shot. But I’ve gotten better at controlling myself. I’ve noticed it happens to me more often when I play with others then when I go out alone now. Alone I only think about playing the course. When playing with others, that’s still a little easier for me to forget to do.

    I caught myself doing it yesterday. I had played my 9 to get warmed up and after the second hole on my “scored” round, I caught up with a young man who was also out by himself and stuck behind a foursome, so of course we joined up. My game went downhill after that for a couple of holes. That kid is 5 foot nothing, but he could hit his 3 wood off the tee 320 yards into a ten mph breeze. I was playing the mens tee, and he was on the pro tee and my drives were still seldom within ten yards of his with my driver.

    It made me feel a little humbled and my game suffered for it. Thankfully, I caught myself after topping a 3 wood 2 holes later that I should have been too smart to even attempt in the first place. After that, my game was back and I started giving the kid a run for his money. I saved my game and got back a few of those strokes back that I had lost while acting brain dead with some really good wedge play including 3 sandy’s for the day. The 81 I shot would normally tick me off a bit, but the greens had just been aerated, and that 81 felt pretty good all things considered.

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    • Kevin

      You described the woes of most players. Losing focus is definitely a challenge for most players. Understanding why is a gift. Glad to hear you were able to right the ship. It is interesting all of that happen in one outing, sounds like you have a great grasp of your game.



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