Golf Tips And Lessons

4 Steps to Hit Greens From 100 to 200 Yards

An awful lot of golf shots end up somewhere between 100 and 200 yards from the green. This is common on par 5's, and many par 4's.

Knowing how to get on the green from this range can truly help lower your overall score for the day and build your confidence.

Whenever you have a long approach shot to the green, stop and think carefully about your options. Here are 4 steps you can use to get to the green from 100 to 200 yards away.

1. Before you select your club, you must first know where the pin is located today. If the pin is located at the back of a large green, you may need to add a full club to get the ball close.

On the other hand, if the pin is located close, you may need to drop a club. In either case, you want to select a club that you can swing fully.

A good tip to remember is it is easier to make good contact with the ball when you swing fully than it is when you are forced to adjust your swing. A full swing gives you much more control as well. This is the most important reason you want to select the proper club for these mid-range approach shots.

2. The next step to getting the ball to the green is to decide where you want the ball to land. A good rule of thumb is the farther you are from the hole, the more you should consider playing to the center of the green.

Playing to the center of the green may leave you with a long putt, but at least you are on the green. There is an emotional bonus to playing the fat portion of the green and that is playing this location takes a lot of pressure off of you.

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It is also important to keep in mind the condition of the greens for that day. If the greens are dry and firm, the ball will usually roll quite a bit, so play short. If the greens are damp or wet, don't expect much roll at all.

3. The third step to making a long approach shot is to examine your lie. If you are in the fairway and your ball is sitting pretty, use the club that you have decided on, using the information above.

If your ball is in the light rough, you may need to add one club in order to compensate for the drag the rough will put on the club head.

4. The next step to making those long approach shots is to check the wind. It is important to know, before you make your club selection, how the wind is behaving on the golf course.

If you are playing into a crosswind and you are planning to fade or draw the ball, you can use less club. If you are playing into the wind, use more club, not only to compensate for the wind but also to allow you to make that all important full swing.

To Summarize:

Play more club to allow for a smoother swing. A long approach shot demands a full swing, so pick the club that allows you to perform that swing.

Always try to play to the center of the green unless you are close enough to confidently play to the pin.

Whenever possible, use the wind to your advantage. But do make sure you take the wind into the account before you choose your club.

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