Golf Tip: Use "The Box" Scoring Zone to Avoid Difficult Shots

By John Elliott

Save Strokes with Distance Control

One of the keys to good scoring is good distance control, and when I am playing a shot from the fairway to the green and wanting to hit the green with my first shot I am trying to play into what I call the box. For my game the box is a six yard deep area. Here is what I mean. I came from back here so the box is running the width of the green from left to right but it is only six yards deep, so it begins here, three yards short of the green and it conclude back here three yards beyond or behind the pin. So I am trying to land my ball in this six yard deep area, let's look at the shot I just hit.

Visualize the Box

Even though the ball is well to the side of the pin my ball mark is nicely inside of the box, the ball stopped within a foot and a half of where it hit so I have accomplished one of my goals. I landed the ball inside the box. The advantage of this is two fold. A, good distance control and then B, when you are inside the box you are always putting from the sides of the hole, not uphill and downhill where speed is effected so much because of the slope. When you are in the box you are putting sidehill so you are not going to have dramatic changes in the speed from slow up to fast up. Here it is a more constant speed.

Summary

So when you are playing make sure you do a couple of things. First find your ball mark, secondly repair it, thirdly register it so that you know whether or not you accomplished on of your first goals, hit it in the box, and then when you prepare for this putt remember you are not going to have big changes in speed because you are putting from the side not from the front or the back. Your distance control should be considerably better because of where you are putting from. Boy was that fast! So never listen to me when I talk to you about the box you really get a lot of speed!

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