Distance control should start with a strategy for the round.
Safe vs. sane shots in your bag and positive mental thoughts should be at the top of the list.
You need to know the distance you can hit key shots with specific clubs. For example: 50, 100, 150 and 200 yards. From these marks you can alter the distance one club more or one less for the distance. You can also adjust for wind and for uphill and downhill shots.
If you do not have your club distance memorized, write them down on a 3x5 card and carry it in your golf bag. Go to the practice range and practice these distances early in the season for your best chance at improving your score.
For a consistent distance pattern you should be able to hit the specific distance seven of 10 times. Although you still may have miss hits, you are minimizing the number of times it can happen.
Treat every par-5 as a par-3. Instead of reaching automatically for the driver off the tee, select a combination of shots that will position you approximately 100 yards from the green. Once you reach that 100-yard shot, pick that 100-yard club out of your bag. You know this shot because you have practiced it.
Set up with a positive thought and be confident you can put the ball on the green.
Make the right club choice when playing. You have control deciding which of the clubs in your bag to use in a round. Make up your mind on club selection for the specific shot and stick to it.
Depending on the course you play most often, you might wish to carry two wedges of varying degrees of bounce and loft for varying conditions you might encounter.
But again it is most important to know what distance those clubs carry.
Practice it and write it down on that 3x5 card.
JONI MEYER can be reached at joni@Golf-4-Women.com or (218) 963-0001.
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