Choosing the Right Golf Club for Shallow Greens on Par Threes

By John Elliott

Choosing the Right Golf Club for Shallow Greens on Par Threes

Avoiding the Drop

Now we are on the other side and you say the other side of what, and the answer is the lake, the water. The scary thing is that we come to a ball drop and within the ball drop there are all sorts of divots. That is not a good sign, that means a lot of folks from the tee because of the severity of this little hole have hit the ball in the water, come across here and they are shooting three from this spot. The best that they are going to make is a bogey or above unless they happen to chip in.

One Club Green

But again, the key to this hole is the smallness in the depth of this green. Come on, let's look at it. As I walk on to this green I am going to pace from the front of this green to the back. This is what we call a one club green, watch. Two, four, six, eight, 10, it is eleven steps deep. Well I hit my irons 10 yards difference per club. What ends up happening is that if I do not hit it the right distance then it ends up over here where my golf ball is. Come on and let's see what I left myself because I hit a pretty good 7-iron.

Fine Margins

The ball is within about six or eight inches of disaster. I can play this shot but if it had gone another foot or so I am in this hedge line where I can not even find the ball because it is so thick, and yet I hit a good shot, much like you see at Augusta at the Masters. They hit a lot of good shots that end up almost unplayable because the severity of this hole is not the distance you travel from the tee to the green it is the lack of space that you have at the green to make any kind of error in distance.

Ray's Creek

Having said that, looking again at the green from one side of the green to the other is almost 40 yards in width. Think of that, 40 yards, 120" wide but only 30 feet deep. That should tell you everything you need to know about why Ray's Creek is such a great golf hole because it affords you no room for error with your club selection and when you throw in a little swirling wind it makes it that much harder. Much like TPC over in Jacksonville, that is not a hard hole except when the wind is blowing there is just no room for error. So the next time you watch the Masters and you see them four, fives, six, sevens, eights and nines from here the reason is that a very shallow green is a very difficult green to hit even when you are a great player.


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