How To Play An Approach Shot From 50 Yards

Hitting the perfect approach shot from 50 yards can be a challenge for most amateurs. It is at that strange distance where you could use almost any club to be successful. There is no solid convention on how to make this shot, but I have a theory that might help you decide how to zero on on the flag. It works for me and hopefully will be a benefit to your game.

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Do You Use All Your Wedges or Just Carry Them?

The rules of golf allow each player to carry 14 clubs. Because of this limitation, selecting the right clubs for my game is critical to low golf scores. Repeatedly, I have espoused that my short game is where my scoring resides and I believe that is the same for everyone. Therefore, years ago, I chose to take out my 5 wood and replace it with a 60º gap wedge. It is a decision I do not regret. This resulted in carrying 4 wedges when I play, but more importantly, I consistently use all 4 wedges. Do you? Continue reading

The Rule of 3 in Golf

I have often been told that everything comes in threes. And yesterday’s round definitely supports this theory. Fortunately for my game, the rule was on the positive side. During my 9 holes, I experienced everything from great swings to oh my goodness swings. However, I was lucky to still score well. Continue reading

A Million Dollar Golf Shot

Have you ever had a chance to win a million dollars playing golf? Unless you are a professional, the chances are highly unlikely that you have. Well, just a couple of weeks ago I had this very chance.


I made my way to the Veterans Fields in North Bay and thought I would try to shoot a hole in one for a million dollars. I have 3 holes in one through my golfing career, so I thought why not me!  Continue reading

Lower Your Golf Score by Using the Correct Wedge

Correct WedgeLowering our golf score is the primary goal of most golfers. Everyone likes to talk about how they conquered the course on a particular day, but for some of us those days are rare.  For example, over the past two golf seasons, I recorded 117 rounds of golf at Golf Canada. Although I did not record all my rounds for various reasons, this number is a good sample for our discussion. Of those rounds, 53% or 63 rounds were in the 70s. Of those, 1 was under par, 1 was par, and 4 were 1 over par. So the number of spectacular rounds worth discussing, in my view, is very small.

These numbers may seem impressive but in reality, the consistency of my game is due to two factors, using the correct wedge around the green and consistent putting. I can say that my improved putting is a direct result of playing the ball closer to the pin after an errant approach shot. Choosing the correct wedge around the green is the focus of this article.
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