How to Dominate Par 3s

Since the 2001 U.S. Open, Goosen is second only to Tiger in par-3 mastery.
Bill Frakes

Lots of guys on Tour thrive on par 5s. I make my money on par 3s. In fact, since 2001 I've played short holes better than almost anyone else on Tour.

Making birdie on a par 3 might not be as exciting as sinking an eagle putt on a par 5, but it's instrumental to winning championships.

During the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, I played the tough par-3 7th even par for the week. Meanwhile, the field missed that green 67 percent of the time and averaged almost a half stroke over par. That one hole gave me a two-shot cushion on my competitors, and I won by two strokes.

I've always looked at par 3s as easy holes. So should you. You're given a flat lie and you get to tee the ball up, so making decent contact is fairly simple. The real challenge is in accurately assessing the hole and planning an attack that gives you the best chance to hit the green and set up a birdie putt.

Here's how to properly analyze a par 3 so you can bring short holes to their knees just like I do. My approach is simple, but it works. I'll also share a few new moves that my coach, Gregor Jamieson, has introduced into my swing.

These simple adjustments have made me even more accurate with my irons, and they'll help you, too.

Step 1: Check the Wind
Step 2: Pick the Right Target
Step 3: Watch Your Aim
Step 4: Feel the Shot
Make Your Best Swing Every Time

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