I guess this is really the crux of my question. I’m looking for better ways to identify black areas around the green. Especially on courses I’ve never played or only played a couple times.
it’s too often that I am missing in to areas where I get up to my ball and say to myself, “well, if I knew this was the situation, I would have aimed my miss to the other side of the green”.
when you are standing 150yds away from a green, even on a course you’ve never played before, I feel like there are clues as to where the good misses are and where the bad misses are. And ways to be a little more thoughtful that just aim away from the bunker or avoid the water.
I’m really looking to see if anyone here is thinking this way, and if so, what clues are you looking for, or do you have a little mental checklist or something like that?
I think this is solid advice. I don't think it would be a good thing to make an issue on the course, but a quiet word after the round is over might help the youngster realize that the AJGC way isn't necessarily going to be the "right way" to do things as he moves on.