When the outcome of a match or the final number on your scorecard hangs in the balance, you need to know you're playing the right shot
By Dave Pelz
Golf Magazine's Technical and Short-Game Consultant; With David DeNunzio
In order to be a clutch player, you need an arsenal of go-to shots simple, familiar swings that you can depend on under pressure to produce the results you want. If you don't have these go-to shots, or you choose not to use them, your scores will suffer (see Jean Van de Velde at the 1999 British Open). When you play them at just the right time for example, Tiger hitting his stinger 2-iron instead of driver to a tight fairway you have the best chance of posting the score you need. Go-to shots are winners' shots take my tests to find four of your own and beat the sticky situations you face every round.
GO-TO SHOT KEY
• Highest Risk (but best chance for the lowest possible score)
• Medium Risk (less chance for low score, good chance for needed score)
• Ultra-Safe (least risky, relies on your putting for the score you need)