4: FROM CLOSE RANGE
How to Attack Any Pin From 100 yards
First, assess the pin location, then pick the shot that will stick your ball close.
I play aggressively and go for the green whenever I can (and you should, too, when you have the opportunity). On well-protected greens like this one, however, the smart play is to find your perfect lay-up distance. My full sand-wedge distance is 95 yards, so that's where I try to leave myself a shot from.
My strategy for each pin position is shown at right. The only time you should do anything differently is when you're faced with a sucker pin (that is, a pin position that dares you to hit a very difficult shot). In that case, forget about the pin and aim for the center of the green. Me? With a wedge in my hand, I go after any pin.
1. PIN IN BACK
Bring the ball in lower than usual, so that it skips up to the pin after it lands. Move the ball a hair back in your stance, pinch it at impact, and cut your follow-through.
2. PIN IN FRONT
Create a shot that flies high and stops by playing the ball in the center of your stance and making a full finish.
When the pin is near the edge of the green (without any hazards), you can go right at it. The worst that'll happen is that you'll end up in the rough.