Playing Lesson – Teeing Off On A Par 5

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

14 Responses to “Playing Lesson – Teeing Off On A Par 5”

  1. Boy its good to get quality tips again. Rev golf is just a big waste of time. They missed the ball Paul letting you go.

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Ralph,

      Thanks for the kind words and support. I am hearing that a lot lately. Oh well, their loss.

  2. Paul – Terrific course management and watching You navigate this hole should give us all reason to pause before we attack. Look forward to more on course play – really good stuff as usual! Thank you Mr. Wilson, Jeff Slyter

    • Paul Wilson

      August 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Jeffrey,

      “Pause before we attack”. That is a great description. Usually what most people do when they don’t have too. Think logically out there and you can drop so many shots off your game.

  3. August 8, 2014

    LouisBond

    That is what I call playing smart. Most people don’t do this & it inflates their score.
    The Par 5′s on my home course can be reached in 2 by someone that hits it 250 from the tee, but hat isn’t me. I just try to make good shots & if I make it fine.
    Play the course & your abilities.

    • Paul Wilson

      August 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Louis,

      The great majority of people don’t do this. Playing smart alone could shave up o 10 shots off everyone’s game. Crazy how people without the necessary skill to hit tough shots still try to hit them. Hopefully, our members are aware of this and don’t take these chances.

  4. Paul,

    I feel way more comfortable with my driver than with my three wood. I usually prefer to grip it down in the driver instead of the fairway wood. Does it make sense or someone should alway try to hit the club that is required instead of altering grip position or even swing speeds

  5. BEN HOGAN used to say that a well designed golf course had specific places with flat surfaces ,put there intentionally by the course architect ,from which the second shot was easier to hit from ,and so on .On most Par 5′s ,I know I can’t get on the green in three shots ,so I try to have the 4th shot from a place easy to play from ,so I can put the ball close to the hole in order to one put and thus save par .
    I divide my game between “Fairway shots ” and “Scoring shots” (below 100 meters ):what I can’t acheive in “Fairway shots ” ,i endeavor to catch up in the “scoring shots “.It takes quite some humilty to play this way ,when you are pitted against “long hitters ” who outdrive you by 50:60 or more yards .But it’s the one the first in the hole who wins …
    what is important is to be consistent with the “long shots ” and accurate on the “scoring shots “

    • Paul Wilson

      August 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Raymond,

      Yes, this is a tough way to play but playing the other way causes frustration, aggrevation and depression so humility is no so bad.

      • TOM KITE was not a long hitter and used to play this way :he would lay up to hit his favorite short irons close to the pin :he advised to look up the hole walking from green to tee and see which clubs to play in between so to end up by playing your favorite club .
        His book is not that much outdated today and shows in particular the pattern of dispersion of the shots on the green with the short irons and then how to play them to obtain the most success to hole out .

        • Paul Wilson

          August 10, 2014

          Paul Wilson

          Raymond,

          This is a good approach. He was a Tour Pro so he knew better. Most average players take chances.

  6. I really like your playing tips Paul. They seem to address what we face at the course. For me some of my highest scores are on Par 5′s because I have that tendency to try and swing hard, which usually leads me into a lot of trouble. When I’m playing with some other guys and they are all swinging hard, it’s difficult to make yourself not swing hard too. I am finding that your method works, it just takes a lot of practice swings and self discipline. I’m starting to make a couple of birdies and a few pars in each round. Now if I can just eliminate the big scores on some holes where I blow up.
    You are right, just when I start hitting it good, I will start to swing a little harder or look up too soon to see where the ball is going.
    Anyway, keep giving us those good playing tips!

    • Paul Wilson

      August 9, 2014

      Paul Wilson

      Steve,

      Glad you like the playing tips. I appreciate the feedback.

      You are not alone. As I said, most people think these holes are an easy way to lower their scores when really they mess them up more often than not. In the future play your own game and make sure you are not doing things you shouldn’t be doing on these holes. If you do, you will lower your scores which will make you more confident in the future. This may allow you to hit it by all those longer hitters in the future. Take 1 step back to move 2 steps forward. Just tell yourself before you hit every shot “you’re not Tiger Woods so why are you trying to hit it like him.” This seemed to work for me. Simple but logical thought.

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