Questions on approaching the green strategy.
I am starting to think more and more about how to maximize my opportunity at birdie while limiting my chances at bogey (assuming I am approaching in regulation).
Really my only thoughts are aim at the center of the green if I am a 7-iron or more away. Aim to the 1/3 of the green where the pin is, if I am an 8-iron or closer.
But, that said, I am not planning my misses very well.
For example, two days ago I missed a green right into a little run-off area. So I had to chip up to a pin on the short side and, of course, the green was running downhill away from me. Needless to say, I chipped the other side of the green and bogey’d with no chance at par.
The decision I made put me in the worst possible spot. If I had missed the green on the opposite side, it would have been a pretty easy ship to get close and have a good chance at par. But, my decision making process left me no change to miss on that side.
So, my question is, when you are approaching the green, what all goes into your decision making process? Or does anyone know of a good book on this subject? Or, is there a good thread on here, that I can’t find?
Anyone can make par when they hit the ball where they are aiming. I would like to have better chances of making par when I miss..