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March 2020

While the PGA Tour had originally planned to carry on but spectators would be banned from the course beginning Friday at the Player's Championship, late on Thursday the PGA Tour announced that all events (including the rest of the Player's Championship) are cancelled through at least mid-April. In further news on Friday, the Master's Committee announced that the Master's Tournament will be postponed to a date yet to be decided.

In other news, Tiger Woods was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame this week. -- No surprise here! He will be inducted as a part of the 2021 class of inductees.
"I don't know what it is about the front. It's like Kryptonite. I get on it and I just can't function."-- Rory Mcilroy on his struggles on front nine at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass.
Under the old rules, if you found your ball inside of red or yellow stakes but in a still-playable lie, you could play the shot without penalty, but you were not allowed to ground your club or remove loose impediments.

Now, the updated Rules of Golf allow the player to do both. Essentially, you are now entitled to treat a ball inside a penalty area the same as you would a ball outside the penalty area.

However, if you find your ball within the confines of a penalty area and do not wish to play it as it lies and instead want to drop outside the penalty area, you have the following options  (but remember: each of these options will cost you a stroke):

-Stroke-and-distance relief  can be taken in both red and yellow penalty areas -- replaying your shot from the original spot where your previous stroke was made;
-Back-on-the-line relief  available in both red and yellow penalty areas -- requires the player to note the reference point of where the ball entered the penalty area, go back on a line extending straight back from the hole, and drop a ball within two clublengths of that line.
-Lateral relief  is a third option available in red penalty areas. Identify the spot where the ball last crossed the penalty area and drop a ball within two clublengths of that spot, no nearer the hole.

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Around the Greens...
with Gary

Welcome to issue number 54 of Chip Shots

This month we have a little strategy that lends some understanding of one of the most fundamental axioms in the game -- the value of "playing for pin-high"

Daylight Savings time is finally here and the courses are green, so I hope everybody is getting out for some healthy exercise on the course. In between rounds, why not drop by the range and work on your game? As always, I'm here to help. Give me a call or click here  to schedule a lesson today.

 -Gary Griggs

Scoring Strategies
"Pin high"

Think back to your last round and count the number of times your approach shots were short of the pin. With the advent of distance measuring devices, nearly all of us carry some sort of laser or gps device that gives us immediate access to highly accurate distance to the pin for every shot. Yet surprisingly, statistics show the vast majority of amateur approach shots end up woefully short of the pin.
Tiger Woods is famous for saying that his primary goal for every approach shot is for the ball to end up pin high. With good reason... Think about it - If your approach ends up pin high, you automatically avoid the trouble in front of the green, and on the green, a putt from a pin-high position is generally shorter/easier.
Some might say that you're under clubbing and that's why you're hitting it short. If you don't know your club distances very well there could be some truth to that, but there's a bigger reason why most golfers end up short of the pin. Fear of the unknown. After all, you can't readily see what trouble lurks over the green, so your sub-conscious mind naturally wants to avoid what you can't see. As it turns out, most of the trouble is actually in front of the green - by design. Golf course architects put it there so that you WILL see it!
Generally, the solution to coming up short is not simply selecting one more club. Often when a player tries this, they tend to make a tentative swing which ends up mishit and short, or offline.
Instead, try visualizing your ball flying over the flag by 20 - 30 feet. Be very detailed with your visualization and see the ball flying further than the pin. Then when you're over the ball and looking at your target look beyond the target by 20-30 feet, like you did during your pre-shot visualization.
Then make an aggressive, committed swing. Worst case? You get to see a part of the course you rarely play from!
Try this little mind game the next time you're out on the course and I'll bet that you will be surprised at how often you end up pin high (and happily OUT of trouble).

Want to start working on your swing for Spring? I'm here to help. Give me a call, or CLICK to schedule a lesson today.

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