Escape The Trees Using This 6 Step Method
The PGA Tour is traveling all the way up to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. The course may be on the shorter side, for Tour standards, but it houses an abundance of trees.
There’s nothing more frustrating in golf than walking into the woods after an errant swing. You’ll often hear the dense forest surrounding the course’s layout referred to as “jail”, because you feel handcuffed and nothing good can happen there.
To get out of “jail” it’s important to understand where you are and what you have in front of you. Allow yourself to follow these six steps when staring at lots of lumber:
1. Assess Your Lie
What types of shots can you play? Is it clean? Root problems?
2. Assess Yor Swing
How much room do you have? How much of a backswing/follow through can you make?
3. Find Your Windows
Look at your target and all the way back to the ball left and right. How many safe openings do you have?
4. Trajectory & Club Selection
How low or high will you have to keep the ball and find a distance that coordinates with the shot selection.
5. Play The Percentages
Find the safest play to ensure a safe exit. Sometimes it’s at the flag, sometimes it’s sideways – don’t be a hero.
Go through your routing and play the shot just like you planned, whether its 200 yards to the flag or 5 feet backwards.
When faced with the task of escape, keep in mind you’re not Harry Houdini. The most important part of the process is getting out of “jail” so the next shot is playable, not showmanship.
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