The 5 Biggest Reasons Players Miss Greens
Missing a green (that you thought you should have hit) is a source of frustration for all golfers at some time
or another. In this newsletter, we'll look at the 5 biggest reasons for this mishap.
1. Poor Golf Club Selection: This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that causes golfers to miss a
There are many factors other than distance that go into picking the right golf club. When we play too quickly or ignore other
issues associated with picking the right club, we miss greens.
2. Poor Shot Skills (Approach Shot): Many golfers could dramatically lower their scores, and hit more greens, if
they spent more time practicing approach shots with their fairway woods and long irons.
These can be tricky clubs to master -- and this goes for the hybrid woods as well, in spite of what
the advertisers tell you. Because fairway woods and long irons have less loft, you must be able to get the clubface
back to square upon impact with the ball. By mastering these clubs, you'll be able to hit the green with a long
3. Poor Golf Shot Skills (Chipping and Pitching): Players often miss
greens from short distances because they mess up their chip or pitch shot. How often have you seen a player dig his
or her club into the dirt with a wedge, popping the ball forward a foot or two?
Pitching and chipping are two of the most common shots you will face on a golf course. Time spent mastering the
wedges is time well spent, and will definitely help you to hit more greens.
4. Par 3 Tee Problems: A lot of golfers miss the greens on what should be simple, Par 3 holes. One reason for
that is teeing up the ball too high or too low for the iron that is used to play off the tee.
Teeing up a golf ball for an iron is not the same as it is for a big,
fat driver. Yet, many golfers approach both the same way. This can lead to pop up balls, screaming hooks and
slices, and shots that have no name for them yet.
5. Water, Bunkers, and Trees, Oh My!: A lot of Par 3 holes, and many other holes, have some type of hazard or
obstacle that is strategically placed to mentally challenge the player.
One example is the island 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. Although it is an easy, straight shot to the green, over
150,000 golf balls have gone into the water over the last 3 years. Talk about visual intimidation!
For those who have a hard time playing over hazards, here is a good tip: Look over the hazard. Assess your shot
the way you normally do, but when you get ready to shoot, concentrate on some other focal point above the hazard.
This might be a particular tree in the treeline behind the target, a tower, or anything else that gets the image of
the hazard out of your line of sight.
Give these tips a try -- I think you'll be happy with the results you get out on the green.