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Course Management

Course Management refers to a player's strategy and their game plan for navigating through the golf course. With every shot a golfer is faced with options. Making the right choice can mean saving strokes while a bad decision can cost someone a tournament. An example of good course management is what we call damage control; getting a ball out of trouble and back into play. An example of poor course management would be taking the long shot like Tin Cup did when he went for the green over water knowing it was a one in a million chance.

Course Management Tips

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  • When to Hit Out of Water

    If you have a golf ball that is half way covered with water or less you can make a go at it. Of course this decision should only be made if you are having fun or are in a competitive round and need to pull off this shot to win. This shot is usually best pulled off with a sand wedge. To give it a try, open the clubface at address and swing back on a more vertical plane (steep). I like to imagine I'm blasting a ball out of the sand.

  • Use Enough Loft From the Rough to Get Back in Play

    When faced with a ball in deep rough it is important first and foremost to pick the right club and one with enough loft that you will be able to get the ball back out in play. Gnarly grass will want to grab your clubhead so you should also make an effort to steepen your swing plane. Standing slightly open and making more of an arms swing than a shoulder turn on your takeaway will help you make your plane more upright. Avoid turning around your body with your shoulders on a flat plane.

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