Most amateur golfers make 100 decisions on what club to use during a round of golf. Of course that number of 100 is likely an average depending on how many strokes it takes for you to shoot a round, but I think you understand where I am going. Many of the decisions are no brainers, but there is one area that requires a great deal of focus and concentration in order to make a successful golf shot. The distance of 25 yards and closer to the green is where most amateurs fail proper club selection and I know this because of my last round of golf!
As we approach our next shot from around the green, we traditionally have a default club that we feel comfortable using. In my case it is my 56° sand wedge. I find that this club offers a wide variety of options and in many cases I am right. Unfortunately, it also creates ‘decision paralysis’ where I forget to look at other options because I do not take the time to properly analyze my shot and automatically select my sand wedge. The foolish process of mine prevented me from gainfully contributing to my Men’s Night team on Thursday.
On four separate occasions, our team missed the green on our approach shots. During each decision on which ball to play, we all agreed to play the ball that offered the least amount difficulty and most amount of green with which to roll the ball. For some reason, I selected my sand wedge for each shot only to lament after that it was the wrong club…..yet, I continued to use if for the different chips. Truly I was disappoint in my rookie error and failed to take the proper time to analyze which club would best suit the shot. I am not sure why my brain was disengaged, but it happens from time to time.
What I failed to focus on was my carry to roll ratio. Where I want to land the ball so it rolls out to the pin effectively. I just failed on all levels with respect to this critical chipping factor. If you do not know what I mean, then take a look:
Club selection is very important. Normally, I am dialed for this important aspect of my game. On Thursday, not so much. Regardless, the lesson I relearned was to stay mentally engaged with my shot selection process around the green. It is a stroke saver and should be a vital step in your pre-shot routine.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!