What’s your ‘Go To’ Shot?
One of the biggest frustrations of this game is that you cannot play the same all the time. We are all looking for the same thing: consistency. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but you will never achieve it. Sorry. Every golfer, no matter what their standard, gets fed up with their lack of consistency. But if you can accept that will be the case, the answer is to make the best of the days when your game is just not where you want it to be. This is what the best golfers, and other sports professionals can do. Here is one of the secrets.
Have a “GO TO” shot. A style of shot that when you can feel your game is not there, can still get you round without too much trauma. It can be the difference between a bad round and a disaster. For me, and for many others I know, my ‘go to’ shot is the gentle fade. The one that moves right to left (for a right hander), lands softly and can be kept under control. The only way that you will be able to perform this ‘go to’ shot when you need it, is to practice it on the range.
So maybe this winter add to your practice routine a dozen fade shots in each bucket. Then, when you are on the course and struggling to get the ball to behave itself, you can call on this safety shot to save the day. If you’ve practiced it well, it should allow you to limp back to the clubhouse with your dignity intact, ready to score better on another day.
John Woodroffe – World of Golf London Master Professional