I have one major fundamental weakness during my mental round of golf … almost every time I play. I will reach for the driver on almost every hole. While this affords me with some easy birdies on shorter holes, it also opens the door for a mistake that costs me a few shots. So many times I have taken an easy par hole and carded a double bogey by simply picking the wrong club from the tee box.
Rounds where I have scored the best, are the rounds in which I strategically planed my shots in advance, and stuck with them. During a round, you are bombarded with so many other thoughts and emotions. Most player will choose their options with emotion and snap compulsory decisions. I think that is simply human nature.
My most effective method of playing a hole with trouble on left / right sides of the fairway is with my hybrid rescue club. I retain distance, about 210 yards, and almost always hit it strait. The higher loft will afford you a much greater margin of error than a driver ~ or even a long iron. Changes in club design have also made these clubs very easy to hit from almost any lie. Hitting a crisp shot from a tee is almost effortless.
My swing thoughts for a strait shot are simple. Smooth, and balanced. Have you ever noticed that most of your best shots are attained with a balanced and smooth follow through? This is no accident, and one of the easiest pre-swing thoughts to retain. Forget the million tips you have picked up from different sources, and forget about the major swing focus groups you work on when at the driving range. Grab the rescue wood …. and swing smooth and balanced. Plan this attack agenda before your round on each and every tight driving hole. You will thank me later!
Cape Kidnappers Golf Course
The Cape Kidnappers Golf Course has been rated as the world’s best by the Daily Telegraph. It heads a top 10 that includes, in order, Royal County Down, Northern Ireland, Pebble Beach, United States, Leopard Creek, South Africa, Green Monkey, Barbados, Domaine de Sperone, Corsica, Turnberry, Scotland, Canouan, The Grenadines, Doonbeg, Ireland, and Royal Melbourne.
With Oceanside surroundings of epic proportions and sweeping views views of Hawke’s Bay from every hole, the entire course is on a grand scale. Course designer Tom Doak said of it, “You will never play golf somewhere like this again.”