Greetings from Suzanne Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Here’s an astonishing fact: If the USPGA Tour held a 72 hole event on the 14th hole at Pebble Beach the winning score would be +2 and the cut would be +12! 

Now the 14th at Pebble Beach is a bit of an exception. It’s recognized as one of the toughest par 5’s in the world – it was actually the most difficult par-5 on the PGA Tour four times in the past decade – but why? Tour professionals, longer hitters and lower handicappers typically target par-5s as their chance to score, where even a regulation Par would be considered ‘a shot dropped’.

In short, the 14th requires near perfection in every discipline; length, accuracy, course management and control over the golf ball’s flight path – 4 facets of the game that, when combined, make for quite a challenge to any golfer; ESPECIALLY a club golfer.

Perhaps that’s why so many of you higher handicappers in particular seem to have so much trouble negotiating the Par 5s. In most instances the hole requires three shots to reach the green, not two or one, and that compounds the odds of a mistake being made. In some (admittedly few) instances the green can be reached with two good blows, but that requires two near-perfect strikes (and let’s not forget the accuracy) with two very long clubs. How many times do you pull that off?

If you’re having trouble with the Par 5s here’s my tip:

First start with course management; that means having a plan for where you’d like to hit your second and third shots from, this will avoid or reduce the chances of failure. Don’t panic if it doesn’t work! Formulate a new plan, but remember your percentages. Don’t chase birdie if you double your chances of making bogey, and, even if you miss the green in regulation, remember that a chip and a putt still makes you a Par.

That’s assuming of course you’ve been working on your short game? If you haven’t you’ve only got yourself to blame; it doesn’t matter how long the hole is – it’s how you close it out when you get to the end. Come into the shop or click here to book yourself a short game assessment if you’re serious about lowering your scores.

See you on my Lesson T!


A PGA Professional will deliver a higher return on your Golf Investment than anyone
else and I have the opinion and facts to prove it.
First the opinion (and it’s also backed by fact): In challenge after challenge you see
in magazines or on Television Golf Professionals add 20 yards (and that’s an average)
to most amateur golfer’s tee shots.
How do they do it? By combining a knowledge of the swing and ability to analyse your
swing, with an understanding of the mechanics of a Golf Club, and the impact both
have on the Golf ball.
Club Professionals are trained in how to get golfer to swing the club on right swing
path, faster and how to fit a club to make that easier. Easy isn’t it. A faster club head
speed with the head coming from inside to out (rather than a glancing out to in blow)
and the golf ball will travel further.


But let’s move on to the indisputable facts. Even, when comparing the feedback from
customers of the equipment brand with the highest level of customer satisfaction a
recent survey of over 100,000 golfers found that 82% of customers who purchased
through a PGA Professional were “very pleased” with their results, while only 72%
of customers who didn’t use a PGA Professional were “very pleased”.
By the way not a single customer who bought this brand through a PGA Professional
was displeased.
So there you have it. Performance and Customer Satisfaction levels show that the
PGA Professional provides the best Return on Golf Investment (RoGI). With that
information why would you buy something and risk not getting a return?

There should be no doubting that you can make the greatest difference to your
scorecard by working on improving your short game; that means putting or, for
the purposes of this article, chipping and pitching around the green.
Let’s assume for a moment that that’s exactly the scenario you’re faced with; you’ve
hit an approach shot onto a green and missed. Taking bunkers out of the equation
for just a second, you’re left with three choices. The first option – the one with the
lowest risk if there are no obstacles between you and the target – is to putt. The
other choices are to chip or pitch the ball closer.
It’s easy to improve your results with either strategy by working on one technical
issue – setting up properly – because both options share the same base. Here are
some key area to look at:
Once you have established a solid foundation, it’s far easier to build a long-lasting
So, whether you’re looking to hit a low, running chip shot with a 7-Iron or a
hop-skip-spin-stop pitch shot with a Wedge, this one ‘first step’ is a must if you’re
to stop worrying about the actual ‘doing’ and start learning to trust your instincts –
something you can also build up with some practice and some lessons!

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