Once you’ve established how much danger is inherent in a particular lie you can develop the proper “smart” mindset for that particular shot which will go a long way toward at least minimizing potential disaster scores. Here are a couple of reliable tenets for smart trouble play:
By drawing your misses back 34 inches you leave yourself with the kinds of money putts you’ll be facing throughout the round: those all-important 3- to 12-footers. Draining those “must makes” during Drawback will give you some putting mojo to take to the course.
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.