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