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One way to ensure a lot of birdies and pars is to hit a high percentage of greens in regulation.
Hitting more greens in regulation sounds great, but if it were so easy everybody would be doing it. What’s also important is that when you miss a green in regulation you are at least near the green where you have an easy chip shot to make salvaging par much easier.
Here are a few tips to not only hit more greens, but also leave yourself in a good location to make par if you miss the green:
· Forget about the pin. Firing at pins can be a sure fire way to make bogies or worse. It is much wiser to aim to a larger part of the green that isn’t protected by bunkers or hazards that can inflate your score if your ball ends up in them. Sometimes the best option may be to play to a location just short of the green so you can be left with an easy chip.
· Know your yardages. The best way to discover the true yardage each club in your bag will travel is by testing each one. You can do this by hitting 20 shots with each club using a Trackman or similar device to get real numbers to measure your distance. Instead of picking the one that goes the farthest and using that yardage, take out the farthest 2 and shortest 2 and count the average of the other 16 shots. This will give you a much more accurate yardage that you would most likely end up with on the course. Don't have a Trackman? Simply get on the internet and find the nearest PGA professional who does.