The good news? A garden-variety pitch isn’t my only option. There’s a shot that greatly improves my chances for par or even birdie but executing it takes commitment and practice. This scenario is the perfect opportunity to hit a lofted shot that not only won’t run away from the pin but will spin back close to the cup.
Some shots are downright scary. What turns your knuckles as white as your golf glove? My guess is that you fear shots that force you to clear greenside obstacles and carry the ball onto the putting surface — say a flop shot over water or a chip over a bunker. Those two intimidating shots were near the top of a “least-wanted” list I created a few years back after I surveyed hundreds of golfers for my book .
Finish your session by attempting the toughest putt you can find on the green—and I mean tough. Look for a double- or even triple-breaker stretching from one end of the green to the other. And putt it six times using three balls.