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Quick Golf Tips - Attacking The Pin From 100 yards


If you watch the pros carefully, you'll notice that they play aggressively, especially when they're within 100 yards or so of the pin. When they're that close, they go for the green whenever the opportunity presents itself. So should you. But that advice comes with a caution: On well-protected pins, the smart play is to lay-up. That saves you from hitting into trouble and adding strokes to your score.

Below are three keys to this thinking process:
1. Know your lay-up distance
2. Assess the pin location
3. Decide on the type of shot

First, know your perfect lay-up distance. Most professionals on the tour can hit a full sand wedge about 95 yards, so they use a SW to lay-up with. Weekend golfers may need to use the pitching wedge to hit the ball that far. But that's okay. The club doesn't matter. The key is to know your perfect lay-up distance.


Second, assess the type of pin location your facing. Is the pin in the back or the front? Is the green protected or wide open? If you're faced with a pin in a position that dares you to make an extremely difficult shot, aim for the center of the green.

Third, decide on the shot:

* If the pin is back, bring the ball in lower than usual, so it skips up to the pin after it lands. Move the ball back a hair in your stance, pinch it at impact, and cut your follow-through.
* If the pin is in the front, create a shot that flies high and stops by playing the ball in the center of your stance making a full finish.
* If the pin is short-sided without any hazard, go right at it. The worst that can happen is that you'll end up in the rough.

Smart golfers play aggressively when the opportunity presents itself. When it doesn't, they lay up, avoiding trouble in the process.


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