Originally Posted by david_wedzik
Make aggressive plays to conservative targets.
Love this sentence. This would make a really good on course mantra. Going to try and burn it into my skull now. :)
Originally Posted by saevel25
Absolutely correct. I remember a few holes were I know the pin placements are ones you DO NOT GO AT. I really have to say, "MATT DON'T". Then after hitting the shot I go, "WTF I SAID DONT" Sometimes even thinking about it doesn't change habits.
I remember reading somewhere (probably a Bob Rotella book) where he talked about how your brain doesn't really process the "don't" part of those thoughts. Come to the tee with a negative - "don't hit it in the water," or "don't push it OB" - and you find yourself doing precisely that a lot more than when you are able to shut out the distractions and think positively ... "Hit the center of the green" or "Hit that sprinklerhead in the center of the fairway."
I struggled with this yesterday on a few holes. I played a RTJ course that has two par 3's that are very similar. Water short and right, and a green with a huge tier in the middle, and in both cases, the pin was tucked to the right. Here's a picture of one of them:
The pin yesterday was at the red dot. The red line represents a huge tier (as it runs towards the front of the green, the tier becomes less severe). Any ball coming off that tier is going to go past the hole and likely end up in the fringe between the green and the water. Anything with speed will roll into the water. Knowing the course, it's really hard when you come to this tee as a mediocre player knowing that if you risk going for the pin, you are bringing double into play, however the "safe" option is going to require that you make an 8-10 footer for par.
Now that I've played it a few times with that pin, I realize that the correct play (I think), and in keeping with Dave's rule, is to aim for the center front edge of the green. This will keep you off the tier and make a 2 putt a lot more of a possibility while keeping the risk of the water lower.