I love playing in charity golf tournaments. They provide an atmosphere designed for the players to have fun and enjoy contributing to a worthy cause. To increase the contributions, many tournaments, like Tee It Up For Mattawa, allow players to purchase a mulligan to be used at their discretion. Without hesitation, I put my money down because who does not like a get out of jail free card on the golf course! The challenge is when to use this precious gift?
I bet if we talk to 10 golfers, we would have 10 different answer. My favourite would be, “it depends” because it adds an aura of uncertainty that my work to my advantage during the round. Hence, that answer is not a sufficient answer for me. I have specific criteria when using up my only mulligan and it usually results in gaining two strokes on the field!
There are really only three usual instances I want to use my free shot and one ‘if I have too’ shot. First, lets start with the three usual times.
- Off the tee. There are certain par 5s that are reachable in two. On those holes I would be willing to use my mulligan if I have a great opportunity to have an approach shot of under 200 yards. If not, then the chances of reaching the green in two is not worth using my mulligan.
- An approach shot. Again, to be on the green in two on a par 5 or a short chip or putt for eagle on a par 4. I must have great confidence that I will reach the green or sink the second shot before I use my mulligan. I never use my mulligan on a high risk shot over hazards.
- Putting for eagle. If I have a legitimate putt (under 20 feet) for eagle, I will consider using my mulligan.
The other time I will use my mulligan is on the 17th or 18th hole with a great chance at birdie. If I have not used my mulligan that late in the round, then I need use it to an at least on stroke on the field. For sure, I will use it on the 18th hole one way or another!
When to use a mulligan is always a great mental debate. It is fun to talk with the team to hear their thoughts, but generally I know when the time is right. During charity events being able to buy a mulligan is a bonus. It is generally the only time I can, so I try to take the best advantage of having a free shot.
When do you use mulligans in golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!