Moving stinks, but I still have a Monday post.

I don’t expect sympathy, but I was packing and moving boxes from 10 AM till 4:30 PM with a lunch break.

I know…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

Getting back to the “course management” topic I have touched on more lately, I have a short bit of very helpful info.

When playing golf, especially on shots around the green, the correct shot is not always the right shot to play.

That makes no sense whatsoever, but it will make perfect sense in a second. It doesn’t matter if you are the worst beginner or Tiger Woods, some days you just don’t feel it with certain shots. You are much better off hitting the “incorrect shot” that you might feel a little more confident with that day.

An example in the long game, it doesn’t matter if a reachable par 5, if you are hitting driver sideways and there is OB left and right, hit an iron off the tee and play it as a three shot hole. Hitting your third shot to the green from 100 yards is better than hitting your 4th shot to the green from 220 after hitting your first driver OB.

This is even more important on chipping. Putting through a long stretch of fringe is not the best way to play the shot, but if tight lies are giving you the heebie geebies, it’s better to whack a Texas Wedge through 20 feet of fringe and end up with a 15 footer, rather then flinching with the LW and doing a T.C. Chen (Boy was that an evil twist of fate. For those that don’t remember, do a Google search for Two Chip Chen and the 1985 U.S. Open).

This strategy works for every, shot every day and most especially around the green. Don’t hit the “correct shot,” hit the one you have the most confidence in. Most often that will be the “correct shot,” but not always.

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10 Comments

  1. banchiline

    Another super post Monte . I reckon it goes back to some of what gave me a bad name on some other sites .
    Playing golf instead of playing a golf swing . Knowing how to adapt. Go with what is working ……….”today”

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  2. Bob34

    Nothing worse than the sound of thunk, da-dink!

    banchi, what gave you a bad name is your exploits with the impact bag errr… blow-up doll 😀

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  3. banner12

    Moving near to where you are now?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      Yes. Two doors down. Needed a bigger place with two babies. Can’t afford it, but had no choice…LOL.

      I need about 500 students in the next two months 😀

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  4. Calvin D

    Monte,
    I’m repeating this because I really want a comment from am expert. I want to make sure I’m not leaving something out of my learning curve:

    In Sync but perhaps unrelated; I have seen many top tour pros and teaching pros and even lesser lights like Mclellan and DelBarrio do astounding hand/eye things with club and ball. Bouncing it into a shirt pocket, bipping it between their legs, walking the fairway while tippy-tapping it on a wedge, etc. This is something I have never had the slightest interest in attempting but it seems that experts take great delight in it. Am I missing something here in mindset because while it fascinates me to watch it I have zero interest in learning it?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      You aren’t missing anything. It’s just for fun and to kill time during slow play.

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  5. seveonsunday

    Hmmm interesting… so its not so much about ideally what shot to hit on paper more about comfort level? I’m finding more and more that playing better golf is dictated more by the types of shots I play not by how well I hit them. I can strike the ball great, but play the worst shot possible and end up in trouble when I could have played a smarter shot and struck it not so great but wind up in good shape. I guess that’s the hardest part of golf playing the shots that will work for you.

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  6. James H

    I like this post, I’ll try to remember this. It seems like when you have that kind of attitude, you discover new ways to play certain types of holes to your advantage, and sometimes you discover different types of shots that work better for you even though they’re not the ‘typical’ shot.

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  7. banchiline

    Yea Bob…………those kinda dolls get me every time .

    I just for the life of me can’t remember her name …………..but I never forget a face………

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