This week the PGA Tour is at the Players Championship. Played on a Pete Dye design, the course has dozens of hazards along with deep rough and fast greens. On courses like this strategy is as important as any aspect of the golf swing. On a very tough course the key is to hit from tee to green without short siding yourself. Pete Dye is notorious for little quirks on his golf courses that can cause mayhem but also make the course look spectacular.
While watching coverage you will notice the announcers saying things like “left is absolutely dead” or “there is major trouble left of the green”. This is why you will see a lot of shots short of the hole and in the middle of greens. This is an excellent strategy to take with you on an average round.
Amateurs tend to try to attack every pin hoping for the miraculous shot ending with a tap in birdie. More often than not this will leave a difficult shot around the green. So try playing to the middle of the green for a couple rounds. This will allow more room for error and will save you strokes.