How to Hit Difficult Pin Positions on Golf Greens

By Tim Cusick

How to Hit Difficult Pin Positions on Golf Greens

Vary Your Golf Shot Based on Pin Position

I am on the seventeenth tee box of the TPC Course Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas, home of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. This is a hole where there are some dramatic shots that are played during the tournament and we have a situation where the pin position is the Sunday pin position of the tournament. I would classify this pin position as a sucker pin position. The people that set that pin want you to aim at that flag. That flag is off the charts out of reach. Your goal as a golfer is to play more towards the center of the green, take your two putt, go on to the next hole. If you aim towards that pin you drastically reduce the chances of hitting the green. Your area is so much smaller.

Play to Green Light Pins, Avoid Red Light Pins

What I am going to do is I am on the right side of the tee box, I am going to aim to the left back to the center of the green. I am going to play a shot for you. That shot was played left of the pin, more towards the center of the green. When you are playing the game of golf there are green light pin positions, those are in the center of the green, and there are red light pin positions, and those are to the sides of the green. You want to avoid the red lights and play to the green lights. If you follow that rule of thumb you are going to hit more greens consistently and have a chance to shoot better scores.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Alignment, Etiquette

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