In just about every conversation about golf, the drive and putt appear to be the main focus of discussion. The drive is usually related to distance and the putt to how it rolled into the hole. I can see that these dynamic shots would stick in many players minds, however I would suggest the second shot is as or more important to the other previously mentioned golf shots. I realize this might fly in the face of many discussions on The Grateful Golfer, but if you think about it, the second shot is critical to how every round sets up!
Right about now some of you are aghast at my bold statement about the second shot. I respect that. If you sit back and think of the diversity of clubs and shots required by making a solid second shot…..how do you train for success. I use anything from a 3 wood to a lob wedge for a second shot. The diverse and challenging nature of this shot causes fits for some players because of the unknowns of any second shot.
Hitting a great second shot either improves your green in regulation stat (most important in golf), sets up for a great approach shot, or extricates your ball from trouble and sets of another great shot (hopefully to the green). I know when I am playing well, I am hitting consistent second shots that sets up the rest of my round.
There are plenty of videos and articles talking about second shot management that will be beneficial to your game. The important part about all this advice is the focus on the importance of a second shot. It seems to be a topic about which many of overlook. Well, that ends for me today. Oh yeah, I found a great second shot video on where to aim that might be helpful:
As you head out to your next round, keep in mind that you will about hit 18 second shots during your round. In most cases this equates to 20 to 25% of your shots for the round. With that many stokes in play, it might be worth a bit of time to focus on hitting successful second shots as well as great drives and putts.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!