235 Out on This Par Five - What's the Play? - Page 3
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Well my lay-up scenario is "as me", in my "as Erik" scenario I go for it with a cut. My better scoring recently has partly been from better ballstriking but better decision making has also played a pretty big role and at my skill level the percentages in this case simply aren't there.
You have a big gap between your hybrid and 3 iron (15 - 25 yards). If the green is receptive and the hybrid won't roll out too much, then choke up hybrid to carry 225 with a fade to the center of the green. If the green is very firm, I still try to hit the 3 iron to the front part of the green and have it roll back.
My thoughts exactly.
Of course I take it farther than that and would hit the cut 3W because that's the only club that's going to get really close. From what I'm seeing the cut hybrid can't get close against the breeze and is only what I would do if I wasn't hitting the ball very well.
I'm surprised that so many are so afraid of not pulling off the cut and going long. Maybe that miss wouldn't be ideal but there are not alligators back there either.
There's not a problem with any sort of layup, and I know a lot of good players that would lay up short of any trouble (and more than likely make a birdie)...But that's not what I would do.
Edit: Of course the one variable I don't have is how receptive the greens are for my cut 3W. On most greens I can stop that shot reasonably well but I have played courses where there's no chance.
Think I'd try to hit it into the bowl on the front left of the green with the hybrid and two putt for birdie from there. Takes eagle out of play but then the most likely miss (into the left bunker) also shouldn't be too penal with all that green to work with. Hitting 3 wood over the back looks like a bad idea considering that high bank and the pin placement and the green running away from you. I could easily see myself ending up playing 4 from one of the front bunkers in that situation ...
After reading the hints from the pros my gut tells me he played whatever iron that put him as close the green as possible and pitched/chipped it close for a one putt. Unless I'm wrong they all appear to be proponents of playing smart/safe. What is Erik's 185-190 club? 5i? The trees are the only real trouble but enough to make you think. What is the hole handicap?
I'd be all over it if people could keep it real. Not the usual I hit my driver off the deck 320 on a 656 yd par 5 to a tucked pin for an albatross but I play to a 26 because I can't putt and I take too many risks but I'm a good athlete nonsense. Though I doubt I could participate because it would be something like this is what I wanted to do but I chunked a 7i and blew a pitch over the green on the way bogey, if I'm lucky.