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How to Make More Birdies

HOW TO BIRDIE MORE PAR 5s

Over four rounds at Augusta National, I birdied 11 of the 16 par 5s I played, and I laid up every time. I executed that strategy with confidence because I knew I could get the ball close to the hole with one of my two basic lob-wedge shots: (1) a low- to medium-height shot with maximum spin to attack middle and back pins, and (2) a high, soft ball to front hole locations.

SHOT 1: Low to medium-height spinner
Play it when the pin is middle or back
CHECKPOINT: How to find your lay-up distance
Lay up to a distance where you can make a controlled 3/4 swing. For me, that's 50-75 yards. To determine your distance, drop 10 balls at the 100-yard marker on a hole (when the course is empty) and make 3/4 swings with your favorite wedge. Take the average distance of the 10, and that's your lay-up distance.
No! Too upright, outside. Yes! Swing the club around you.
SHOT 2: High, soft wedge shot
Play it when you can't get spin (that is, from the rough) to front pins and to super-firm greens that won't hold
CHECKPOINT: How to find your lay-up distance
Lay up to a distance where you can make a controlled 3/4 swing. For me, that's 50-75 yards. To determine your distance, drop 10 balls at the 100-yard marker on a hole (when the course is empty) and make 3/4 swings with your favorite wedge. Take the average distance of the 10, and that's your lay-up distance.

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