Do you have a blind spot on the golf course? You know, that one shot you always try to make, but for some reason you are rarely successful. I think we all have one….well I know I do. It is that one shot that after every attempt, you tell your self that you know you can make it. Sometimes this shot costs a couple of extra strokes and other times we just get lucky.
My blind spot shot is 190 yards off the tee either to the green or a narrow fairway. I do not know why this shot is so difficult, but most of the time I pull this shot left. In my case, it is a smooth 3 hybrid or a hard 4-iron. Either I make with great consistency except off the tee! For some reason, trying to make this shot off the tee is like trying to thread a needle without my glasses on…..nearly impossible.
Of course this shot is purely mental, but for some reason I cannot overcome the woes of this shot. I have tried using a 5-iron and hit the ball perfectly straight, but I am consistently 10 yards short. If I use a knock down 3 wood (I do not carry a 5 wood) then I always long by 10 to 15 yards. It is a huge dilemma for my game because there are a couple of shots on my course, Osprey Links, that require this shot.
The strange thing is that if I am on the fairway making an approach shot, then no problem. I can hit a solid shot more often than not; however off the tee, it is a no go. I am not sure how I am going to fix this issue next year, but it is one of many challenges I face in the off-season. Hopefully, I will find a solution. If not, then a new course management strategy is needed.
This blind spot shot is a bit troublesome, any suggestions?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.