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!