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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.

  • Increase Your Club For Every 10 mph of Wind

    When faced with high winds, choosing the correct club can be a tremendous challenge. While every situation is different and depends on a player's technique and ability, as a general rule, alter your club of choice choice by one club for every 10 mph of wind. For instance if there is a 20 mph wind in your face, go up two clubs (from a 7 iron to a 5 iron). If the wind is downwind 20 mph then go down 2 clubs (from a 7 iron to a 9 iron).

  • When It's Breezy, Swing Easy

    When hitting into a head wind swing easy. Accelerating through a shot only forces the ball to jump up high into the air. This is not ideal when you have wind in your face. To keep the ball down simply slow down your rate of rotation and take more club. For instance, if you are at a distance where you would normally hit your 7 iron, go up to a 5 iron and swing slow, but smooth.

  • You Always Have 3 Choices When Behind a Tree

    When you find yourself behind a tree you have 3 choices: 1) Hit over the tree 2) Hit around the tree 3) Hit under the tree Situations can vary, but hitting over a tree time and time again proves to be the most difficult choice. It's a matter of picking the perfect club, catching the ball solid and making sure that you swing in a way that will loft the ball right from the start. Hitting under a tree is not always that easy either, especially if you have low hanging branches. You will find that hitting around is often the smartest and easiest play even if you have to sacrifice distance and just punch out.

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