Categories: General, Practice .

Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

Today, in Part 1, we take a look at gifts for the golfer who would like to have an at home practice area.

The Mat

The first step for any at home practice area is a high quality practice mat. While there are dozens of different types of mats available, for my money there is one option that stands out – The Country Club Elite Golf Mat sold by Costco.

It stands out for two reasons. First, it really is a high quality golf mat that will absorb a lot of the shock of a swing’s impact. Second, it’s sold by Costco so you’re truly getting the best price possible on a mat of this quality.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of buying a thick, lush mat that will absorb a lot of the impact of a swing. Most mats you find at driving ranges are nothing more than a piece of rubber with a thin layer of artificial turf on top. While this can be fine for warming up or the occasional practice session, repeated use – on a daily basis – of a mat like this can lead to injuries. Tendinitis is the most common injury, and it can put you on the shelf for months if you’re not careful.

Go with the 5 x 5 mat. The Costco price is $449 and that includes shipping. If you find something less expensive on the internet or in your local golf superstore, you are most likely sacrificing on the quality and cushioning of the mat.

Don’t go cheap in this area – your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders will thank you!

Here is where you can buy the Costco Country Club Elite Golf Mat:

The Net

The next step for a home practice area is a high quality net. Once again, like mats, this is an area with dozens of different options all of varying quality. The gold standard for golf nets is The Net Return.

The Net Return

I have a Net Return and I can attest to it being a high quality product. It sets up relatively easy (about 7-8 minutes for a single person), it has a big footprint (be sure to check the dimensions before purchasing to make sure you have space), and it is safe.

With that said, it’s not perfect. Here are a couple of caveats.

First, the return feature really does work. So much so, that it can actually be a bit annoying while you are using the product. What do I mean by this? Well, the net is so efficient at returning the ball back to you that it doesn’t really allow you to fully complete your swing. Often times, you will find yourself settling into your finish when you have to unwind and reach out with your foot or your club to try and stop the returning the ball.  It just happens really quickly.

Now, this is not a deal breaker by any means. But it can be a bit of an inconvenience.

Second, I used the Net Return in my garage. And, if you place it on a hard surface (like a concrete floor) the ball will often bounce during the return process. So, what does this mean? Well, in addition to needing to unwind quickly to stop a rolling return, often you will need to actually stop the ball off of the bounce in order to keep it from ping ponging all around your practice area.  Once again, not a deal breaker, but a bit of an inconvenience.

Now, there are a couple of home solutions for these problems. The first is to make sure you have a soft landing area below the net. I used some carpet and towels to soften the landing area. Second, if you want to stop the return feature (which I ended up doing), you need to place a few beach towels at the base of the net to catch balls that are returning to the impact area.

Make sense? Good!

Now, despite these caveats, it is still the gold standard for hitting nets.  It is big, safe and reliable.

It comes in two sizes, the Pro Series and the Mini Pro Series. The Pro Series will handle any club in the bag – even a lob wedge. In my experience, you would have to open a wedge up quite a bit to hit it over the net. However, since it can handle any club in the bag, it also has a big footprint – 8’ W, 7 1/2’ H, and 3 1/2’ D. It takes up a lot of space. If space is an issue, go with the Mini. It is great as well. However, given the smaller footprint (only 6’ high), it is not recommended for use with wedges.

The Pro goes for $549. The Mini goes for $495.

NetReturn is offering 10% off through the 11th. Use the coupon code “Holiday” at checkout.

Shipping will set you back another $50 or so depending on your location. But their customer service is great so they’ll get it out to you quickly.

Here are links to each net:

Pro Series Golf & Multi-Sport Net

Mini Pro Series Net

Lastly, if the net will be used in an area where an errant shot could cause some damage, please consider purchasing the side netting as well. The side barriers can be ordered here:

Home Series Side Barriers – (2 Sandbags Included)

If The Net Return is a bit beyond your budget, there are other options.

SKLZ Quickster Net

The Quickster Net comes in two sizes (6 x 6 and 8 x 8) and sets up relatively quickly in about 5-7 minutes. It’s not as durable or sturdy as the Net Return, but it also sells for a lot less at around $100 on (depending on the size).

Here’s a link to the Quickster net on Amazon:

Spornia Golf Net

Spornia is a small distributor based here in Southern California. I came upon them awhile back when I was looking for an easy to set up, pop up net. The Spornia Net fit the bill.

Here’s a link to the Spornia net on Amazon:

It really is a nifty product. It sells for $199, and I have found it to be very easy to set up and take down (and, that’s why I ended up purchasing a Spornia, because I needed my garage space back – thus, I needed something that was easy to set up and take down).

Now, I have over a dozen years of coaching youth soccer and softball in my background. Thus, I understand the mechanics of setting up and taking down a pop up net. For those of you without this experience, I can assure you that the first few times you try do to this, it is tougher than it looks. So, if after watching the videos on the Spornia site regarding the setup and take down procedures you are still a bit daunted, opt for the SKLZ net.

But, if you think you can figure it out – and, trust me, you can – I really think the Spornia is a great net.  94% of the reviews on Amazon give it 5 stars.  I would agree.  It’s a great net and a great value.

OK – that’s it for mats and nets. You’ve got a few options. Check back tomorrow for our recommendations on personal launch monitors. If you really want to make a big impact this holiday season, there’s nothing like a personal launch monitor for the golfer on your list.

Categories: General, Tour Pros, Tournaments .

There are dozens of articles detailing Tiger’s return. What makes this one any different? Well, it’s different because I grew up with Tiger Woods. He’s from “the neighborhood.” The neighborhood being the Southern California Junior Golf circuit of the early 1980’s.

While I am 8 years his senior, Tiger and I grew up playing the same summer junior golf circuits.
Tiger wouldn’t remember me. But I certainly remember him. I can still picture him walking the fairways at Big Rec and Alondra Park. Plaid pants, the red shirt, a white hat, and those thick glasses.

We all heard he was something special. But nobody knew how special he would be. Little did we know that he would become the most dominant sporting force on the planet for an entire generation.

No one will be pulling for Tiger more than me. Perhaps it’s because he’s now north of 40 – and for those of us in the “north of 40” group, there’s a certain kinship that arises because we all know, through hard experience, that things just aren’t as easy as they used to be. For most of us, that struggle takes place in anonymity. But for Tiger, that struggle is on full display for all the world to see.

Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of the modern era. We can debate if he is the greatest of all time, but there is no debate that Tiger has been the most dominant force in golf of the current generation.

From 1999 until 2009 he was virtually unbeatable.

Never before has a golfer dominated – and I do mean, DOMINATED – fields in the same manner as Tiger.

A 12 stroke win in his first Masters as a professional in 1997.

A 15 stroke win in the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

And the dominating victories over the years where he simply lapped the field.

When Tiger was in his prime, there truly was no equal.

But the last four year have been a much different story. Really, the last decade has been a much different story. But for a wonderfully productive year in 2013 when he garnered Player of the Year honors, the last decade has been littered with less than stellar play on the course and less than stellar behavior off of the course as well.

For many, there is hope that Tiger can put all of this behind him with this newest of comebacks, a hope that he rekindle the magic of 17 years ago when he dominated the golf world like no other.

And it is their hope that it begins with today’s Hero World Challenge.

When Tiger tees it up today at 12:05 EST, he will be making only his third start of 2017. The previous two starts this year were disappointing at best, ignominious at worst. A missed cut in San Diego followed by a WD after the first round in Dubai is all Tiger has to show for in the 2017 season.

Add in an embarrassing and disgraceful arrest for DUI, complete with the mugshot and that video…and 2017 clearly had some moments that Tiger and his fans would most definitely like to forget.

But all of that can change this weekend.

All of that can be erased from the memory if Tiger is able to regain some semblance of the form that made him so great less than a decade ago.

I’ve seen the new swing on video – as have many golf fans. The swing looks good. Athletic, free, unrestricted. It’s different, but it has many similarities to the old move. The experts on TV and in print say it looks great, and I believe them.

My only hope is that their judgement isn’t clouded because they want it to look great for so many reasons.

There are a lot of professional golfers – many tolling away on the mini tours of the world day after day – who have great looking swings. Yet, they can’t score their way out of a paper bag.

And that will be the ultimate test for Tiger. After years of failing to be competitive (his last competitive finish was a T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Classic), this weekend will be a great test to see if Tiger can regain the competitive fervor that made him so great.

It’s a small field event. A mere 18 players are in the field. So, there’s certainly a chance that Tiger could pull off something spectacular with regards to the leaderboard. With only 18 players entered, a hot round could easily see him on the first page at some point over the next four days. But I think the expectation for most is simply that he finds a way to be relevant on the golf course again. Given the last 12 months, simply finishing all four rounds would have to be considered as some type of victory.

We’re all going to hold our breath when he hits that driver for the first or second time. Will that wicked two way miss reappear, or will the Tiger of old step up and stripe one down the middle of the fairway?

When he misses a green, any true fan of Tiger’s will certainly be gnashing their teeth as Tiger sets up over his first pitch during this comeback. Hopefully, the chunks and skulls of just a few tournaments ago will have disappeared, and he will be able to pitch the ball with the deft touch he showed so often during his prime.

And, we all hope to see him work his magic on the greens again. In his last starts that come to mind, the effort on the greens was part indifference and part frustration. Yes, there was lots of talk of the old Cameron putter being back in the bag, but the magic never came threw. Not that it was given much chance as he really only played three competitive rounds. So, maybe – just maybe – the magic on the greens is still waiting to show itself.

Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a glimpse of the Tiger who stared down a birdie putt on the first playoff hole of the 2000 PGA Championship and then walked the ball into the hole as he drained the putt on his way to the title. None of us will ever forget that image.

Or course, the question on everyone’s mind is if Tiger will ever win another tournament. I don’t have the answer to that one. In my 49 years, I’ve learned that trying to read the tea leaves is a fools errand.

As the great modern American philosopher, Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Barra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions. Especially about the future.”

So, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. If a bolt of brilliance strikes and he somehow manages to beat the 17 other golfers playing in this weekend’s tourney will that count? I suppose it does. But I think the bigger – and probably more reasonable test – is The Masters next April and, really, every April after that for the next five to seven years.

Jack was 46 when he won his last Masters. Tiger is only 41. The field is never very large. Usually, there are really only 70 players who have a legitimate shot to win the tournament. It certainly sets up well for Tiger so maybe that’s where magic will strike again.

Or, maybe it will be at Torrey (where he’s won 8 times) or at Bay Hill (8 wins there as well). Those are certainly courses where he’s comfortable.

But nobody really knows.

But what we do know is that today’s fields are dominated by golfers who really aren’t in awe of Tiger. Back in the day, Tiger had nearly 3/4’s of the field beat before he even teed off in the first round. That was the size of his mental edge. The bulk of the field knew they were playing for second place.

Not since Hogan, had the golf world seen a player with the determination and intensity that Tiger displayed.

But today’s young guns don’t remember the 6 iron from a bunker 218 yards out and over water to win the Canadian Open in 2000. They don’t remember the stinger 2 irons that split fairway after fairway. And they certainly don’t remember that, in addition to being the greatest ball striker and shot maker the game had ever seen, Tiger Woods was also the greatest putter around. Sure, some guys may have had better stats year to year – but when the pressure was on, who else would you rather have putting than Tiger? Exactly.

No, today’s young guns better remember the Tiger who ran his SUV into his neighbors planter when he was fleeing his wife after his infidelity was discovered.

They remember the Tiger who grimaced in pain as he withdrew from tournament after tournament with back pains and glute muscles that would not fire. Who can forget the frailty he showed when he could barely get into his courtesy car in the Torrey Pines parking lot after withdrawing from the Farmers a few years back.

And, of course, they will never forget that mugshot and video from just a few months ago.

They have heard of the Tiger Woods who intimidates and sparks fear.

But the Tiger Woods they have seen is the Tiger who evokes a fair amount of pity and a small dose of disdain.

So, to say that Tiger has his work cut out for him as he begins to compete again is the understatement of the hour.

But there has never been a golfer like Tiger Woods so anything is possible.

The focus of Hogan.

The charm of Arnie.

The competitiveness of Jack.

And an athleticism and commitment to excellence that had never been seen in the sport of golf before.

All of these things combined to make Tiger the force that he was.

If he can tap into just some of this, even if it be for a very short time, who knows what can happen. One of the beauties of tournament golf is that it doesn’t require a sustained effort over a season. You only need to be “on” for four days. Anyone can catch lightning in a bottle for four days.

And certainly the player who caught it more than any other is capable of catching it once again.

Categories: Free Lessons, Quick Fixes .

LPGA Tour Player Lee Lopez speeding up her tempo to get back to her normal speed. Sometimes it’s good to slow the tempo when you are working on your swing . But when it’s back to gametime you need get back to your optimal tempo without tension. Then we worked on getting the right hip past the stick on the ground, by putting a ball in the right pocket and feeling the ball goes past that stick in the downswing.

Categories: Free Lessons, Quick Fixes .

Rylie Edwards has been tearing it up in her high school matches for Santa Margarita high school. Rylie has been medalist in six of the first 10 matches. Rylie was a little too steep on the backswing so she had to get a feel for the correct shaft plane using alignment sticks. One on the target line and one on her shaft and doing this slowly with the backswing only ,not follow through .Riley was able to do 10 in a row then hit three balls with A normal swing and it was a tremendous difference.

Categories: Free Lessons, Quick Fixes .

Dan Zimring working on the load and explode. Dan got a nice full shoulder turn and then felt like he was dunking his belt in the Jacuzzi on the downswing. This was a good way for him to feel pressure into the ground and then spring through impact. Dan’s backside stayed on the chair throughout the swing much better with this swing-piphany.

Categories: Tour Pros, Tournaments .

In case you missed it, the PGA Championship has broken with golf tradition and has allowed competitors to wear shorts for their practice rounds:

Now, I am as much of a “shorts guy” as anybody. I have spent virtually all of my adult life wearing a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of Rainbow sandals. So, my bona fides in this area are beyond reproach. I support the wearing of shorts.

However, when it comes to the greatest golfers in the world wearing them for a practice round at a major championship – well, I just don’t know about that one.

So, I’m curious – what say all of you? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments down below.

The word from Charlotte says the players ALL LOVE IT. I mean, we’re talking 100% support. Daniel Berger was on the Golf Channel last night being interviewed and he just thought it was natural for the players to be wearing shorts during the practice rounds because that’s what everybody does when they’re at home. He hinted that players were in a better mood, more relaxed, engaging even more with the fans – tons of positives.

Now, I don’t want to come off as “Mr. Dress Code Enforcer” or anything because I’m confident that I would be in the “shorts camp” if I were a PGA Tour pro. But the traditionalist in me just likes something about seeing the pros dressed a little differently than the casual golf fan. I guess I’m old fashioned in that regard.

But I may come around.

Geoff Shackelford, however, may not come around. In a post titled, “Shorts Give the PGA Championship a Member Guest Vibe” he says:

“For me, the casual look reaffirms the fourth major as the fourth major.”


Categories: General, Tour Pros, Tournaments .

Good Morning Folks!

Lots to cover today. We had an LPGA major, a World Golf Championship Event, an NBA player making a very credible performance at a Tour event – and all kinds of things on tap for the week with the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

But first…

Angel Yin!!!

A HUGE congratulations to Angel Yin for being selected by Captain Juli Inkster for this year’s Solheim Cup team. If you didn’t already know this, Angel has been a long time student of co-founder, Bob Lasken. Angel is one of the hardest working professionals you will ever meet – as well as being a humble and all around great kid (and I have to refer to her as a “kid” because she’s only 18!)

A well deserved honor for Angel, and a wonderful opportunity for golf fans to see a future star on the LPGA Tour. The Solheim Cup kicks off one week from today, on August 14th at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa. The Golf Channel and NBC will have all of the coverage.

Here’s an interview we did with Angel back in 2016:

I.K. Kim

Congratulations also go out to I.K. Kim on winning the Women’s British Open. If you are a golf fan, you will never forget this putt from the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship:

After missing this 1 1/2 foot putt, Kim would go on to a playoff where she would lose the championship. But she was able to erase those demons this past weekend with a wonderful victory in the Women’s British Open. She held a six shot lead going into the final round, and was able to hold off the field by making pars on her final five holes to win by two. It was an excited final round, and the early morning coverage here in the states gave a lot of fans the chance to catch the women’s game at it’s finest.

Speaking of finest…


What golf course were the other guys playing?!? Hideki Matsuyama won the 2017 World Series of Golf, errr, I’m sorry, the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by lapping the field with a course record tying 61 at Firestone Country Club. His -9 under par round was four better than the rest of the field on the final day, and gave Matsuyama a five stroke victory in the tournament. If you’re into golf pools for the major championships (and, since gambling is “illegal at Bushwood” we can’t really condone that sort of thing here at, Hideki merits some serious consideration as he’s arguably been the most consistent player in the world over the past 10 months.

Speaking of the major championships…

PGA Championship at Quail Hollow

The PGA Championship returns to North Carolina for the first time since the 1974 championship at Tanglewood in which Lee Trevino held off Jack Nicklaus by a stroke to capture his fifth major championship.

This year’s event promises to be very excited as five story lines really stand out:

Can Jordan Spieth be the youngest ever to capture the career grand slam?

Can Rory McIlroy regain his championship form on a course where has already won twice in his career (note – McIlroy led the field in driving this past week at Firestone…a very good sign)?

Can Dustin Johnson regain the form he showed earlier this year when he completely dominated every event he entered?

Can Hideki Matsuyama add his first major championship – and the first ever for a player from Japan – to his already stellar 2016-17 season?

And, can Rickie Fowler finally break through and win a major? He’s been in the hunt all year – and is coming off a 9th place finish at Firestone – could Quail Hollow be his moment?

The coverage kicks off on Thursday with TNT carrying rounds 1 and 2, and CBS picking things up for the weekend.

Stephen Curry

We already spoke at length about Curry’s maiden journey on the Tour in yesterday’s post, but if you missed it, Curry fired a 74-74 for an 8 over par total. He missed the cut – that was expected – but he brought a lot of attention to a Tour event – something that tour both needs and deserves – and he illustrated just how GOOD these professional players really are. Curry took a bit of flack from the “He’s taking a spot away from a deserving player” crowd when he accepted the invitation to play, but he more than held his own – and the greater good, i.e., the attention and money he brought to his foundation, more than justified the appearance.

CBS Golf Coverage

Finally, as referenced above, CBS will carry the final two rounds of this year’s PGA Championship. And, while this blog always tries to stay on the positive side of things, I do think a blurb is warranted regarding CBS’s coverage of the PGA Tour.

For those of us who grew up in watching professional golf in the 70’s and 80’s, CBS set the standard for weekly coverage of the PGA Tour. Yes, ABC had three of the four majors, and – for my money – there’s nothing better than a Jim McKay voiceover followed by the Barry White theme song to kick off the television coverage of a major championship (be sure to watch all the way to the 2:45 mark for full effect!):

BUT, CBS was the source for most of the week in and week out coverage of the Tour. Every Saturday and Sunday you could count on CBS to bring the coverage in a professional and entertaining fashion.

So, what has happened?

Well, while their coverage of the Masters is still sets the standard in my opinion, their coverage of weekly Tour events is sorely lacking. Now, I have no beef with the announcing crew. I do believe Jim Nantz, Nick Faldo, Ian Baker Finch, Gary McCord, Peter Kostis, and Dottie Pepper do a fine job in their respective roles (and, talk about tough shoes to fill…other than an interview mistake or two, Dottie Pepper has, in my opinion, stepped in as well as can be expected to fill the role the was perfected by David Feherty).

Still, why can’t CBS just show us a little more golf?

I mean, what’s with all of the commercials?

What’s with all of the flyovers of the course?

What’s with all of the network promos?

I mean, is it only mean, or does it seem like a CBS golf telecast – with the exception of the Masters, of course – is just one long commercial with a few interruptions of golf shots?

I’ve been tracking this for several weeks now, and it’s almost become the norm for CBS to show a mere 3 shots and then break for a commercial. I mean, all I can remember from this year’s AT&T from Pebble Beach was a bunch of interviews with celebrities most people have never heard of, images of just about every dog on the Monterey Peninsula playing on the beach, and flyovers of the 18th hole!

From the network that brought the grace, charm and professionalism of Pat Summerall and Ken Venturi into our family rooms at nearly twenty Tour stops per year, we – the golf fans – deserve better.

As I said earlier, we try to stay away from the negative here at, but come on, CBS, let’s get back to covering some golf!

That’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Wrap Up and Warm Up.

Categories: Tournaments, Uncategorized .

In case you missed it, NBA great, Stephen Curry, played in the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic this past week. Curry posted a 74-74, for an 8 over par two day total of 148. He tied for 148th and did not make the cut.

This was, of course, to be expected because, while Curry is a world class athlete – and a heck of a golfer (.2 index) – he was playing against some of the strongest players in the world this past week. To make the cut would have required nothing short of a remarkable, once in a lifetime type of performance. Still, there are a few takeaways for all of us from Steph’s performance:

1. Slow Things Down

Whoa? Wait a minute! Did I just say “slow things down?” In this era of 6 hour rounds and 2 minute pre-shot routines, how on Earth could I be saying to “Slow Things Down?”

Well, here’s what I mean by this. When most amateurs get into a pressure situation on the golf course they tend to speed things up. Their swing gets quick, their routine gets stunted, and their breathing increases. All of these things combine to make for tougher go of it on the golf course.

Now, Stephen Curry is great at lower his heart rate and calming his nerves when he faces a game winning free throw with 2 seconds to play in an NBA game, but when faced with a tee shot to a tight fairway on a long par 4, it’s very easy to get amped up and make a less than ideal swing.

So, for amateurs like us the takeaway is this: If a world class athlete can get too “quick” on the golf course when faced with a pressure situation, arm chair athletes like you and I are really going to be susceptible to a case of the “quicks” if we get under pressure.

There are so many different techniques to diffuse pressure – Tiger used to focus on his breathing. Lee Trevino would talk to anyone who would listen, and Jordan Spieth decided to try chewing mint flavored gum at this year’s British Open (it certainly worked!) – but you’ve got to try to find something, anything at all, that can calm you down a bit when you face a pressure situation on the golf course.

And, it doesn’t need to be on the first tee in a Tour event. It can be as simple as a three foot putt or a long carry over water in your weekly $2 nassau – pressure can come from anywhere on the golf course.

Learn how to deal with it, and you will be well on your way to better scores.

2. Find Fairways

Curry averaged 294 yards off of the tee. Plenty long to compete with the Tour’s best. Unfortunately, he only hit 50% of his fairways. And hitting out of trouble is no way to compete with world class players. No doubt the pressure we referenced above had a little to do with this, but perhaps Steph could have benefited from one of Bobby’s favorite drills – the Graeme McDowell driving drill. Prior to his victory in the 2010 U.S. Open, McDowell would focus his driving practice on hitting ten “make believe” fairways on the driving range. He would find a narrow area on the range, go through his entire pre-shot routine, and then try to hit the fairway. He would do this for ten straight balls, and he would do it during every practice session. It helped him to simulate the pressure he would face in trying to hit the tight fairways on a U.S. Open course, and it would also build his confidence that if he could do it over 1000’s of balls at the range, he could transfer that feeling and those swing thoughts to the course.

So, the next time you’re at the range, give this drill a try. It really does work. And you will be amazed at how much easier it is to score when you’re finding the fairway more consistently.

3. These Guys Are Good

The final takeaway from Curry’s performance is simply this – as the Tour likes to say – These Guys Are Good!

Steph Curry is a world class athlete and, given his index, in the most upper echelon of amateur golfers around the world. While his 8 over par performance is respectable given the pressure, setup and conditions, in no way was her competitive in this week’s event. And this is against Tour players. It’s not even against the world’s best who are in Akron, Ohio this week or the PGA Tour’s next tier who are competing in Reno.

Like all sports, the greatest players in the world make it look easy.

It isn’t.

Categories: Short Game .

Here’s a video of my student, Hailey Borja, hitting the chip and run to perfection.
Hailey is pivoting around her left leg and then getting her right shoulder leading her right elbow, which leads her right wrist for crisp contact.

Categories: Course Management .

If you watched the U.S. Open last week, you noticed that many of the par 4’s were much longer than what the pros face on a regular basis on the PGA Tour.

When you are faced with a long par 4, the tendency for most players is to overswing in an effort to hit a huge drive so they can reach the green in regulation.   However, what you want to do is:

(1) Strategically play it as a Par 4 1/2.

(2) Don’t be afraid to play the hole as a three shot hole.  For example, you could play the hole with a 3 wood off of the tee, follow it up with a mid iron or hybrid for your second shot, then leave a short pitch or wedge for your third.   This is in contrast to the typical strategy which has most folks swing from the heels in an effort to hit a driver a mile down the fairway.

(3) You can always hit your go to driver or Stinger driver in an effort to take a little off of the shot, but make sure it finds the fairway.  Yes, you will have a long approach, but it’s better than playing from the woods.

To learn how to hit the stinger driver, see our section on The Driver:

Hitting the Stinger Driver

The lessons on hitting the Stinger Driver appear at the bottom of the page.