A couple days ago, I played at Mattawa Golf and Ski Resort. It is a par 37, 9 hole golf course in my local area. It was the first time I played this course in 2020, but have played it many times in the past. The aspect I like about this course is that only use a driver on five holes. The rest of the time I used an iron or my 3 hybrid. When using different clubs off the tee, it is important to have a distance left to the green in mind before teeing it up to ensure you use the correct club.
I could have used my 3 hybrid off the tees for the entire course, but I decided that for the first time to play the course straight up. It was slow playing so I played two balls and shot 2 and 3 over par. I never made any birdies, nor had a great GIR percentage; however my up and down game was solid as I chipped close to most elevated greens.
On the none par 3s where I used irons, I hit my 3 hybrid. I need about 210 yards to reach my desired distance of 110 yards. I chose this distance because I wanted to hit my pitching wedge for practice. As it turned out, I needed more practice because I hit most of my approach shots short to the elevated greens.
Hitting my 3 hybrid off the green was very strategic. On the 7th hole, I had to draw the ball around a green guarding the fairway. Because I was playing two balls I did it twice in a row. On the other hole (the 4th), hit over the tree and came to rest about 110 yards from the green. I could have easily hit any club, but these two shots worked out very almost identical as I was on the left side of the fairway with a wide open shot to the green.
Hitting a different club off the tee was a great feeling. It is something that I sometimes overlook at Opsrey Links Golf Course. There are many opportunities to hit different clubs to take advantage of the weather, course conditions, and how I am striking the ball. I think the next time I play (which was yesterday) Osprey Links, I will try a different strategy.
Course management off the tee is very important. It sets the foundation for all the other shots needed to be successful. Ben Hogan said it best:
Using the right club off the tee is critical to low golf scores. I hit my driver very well most of the time, but could gain an advantage by hitting something different from time to time. It is a mindset and one that I think I need to adopt a bit more often.
Do you use different clubs off the tee box or rely on your driver?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!