How to Birdie Short Par 4s
A smart tee shot gives you a chance to make 3
By Brady Riggs
A short par 4 provides you with an opportunity for birdie if you can hit the fairway.
"If I crush my driver, I can get really close to the green and make 3."
If you miss the fairway, your 3 could become a 5 or worse.
What You Should Do
Play the percentages. Even if you hit a perfect drive, you'll still have a wedge shot to the flag from an awkward distance. Instead, play a long iron or hybrid away from the trouble and leave a full shot to the green that's easier to control and get close to the hole.
Flex your knees and keep them flexed tight legs lead to a tight swing. You should feel your weight over the balls of your feet.
DRAW A LINE Take time to aim correctly. Don't get carried away with avoiding the trouble exaggerations at address usually create other swing flaws.