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By Paul Myers

The title of this article might sound like a stupid question, but there is actually more to this discussion meets the eye. Obviously, you would rather have your ball finish in the golf fairway than in the rough, but at what cost? Should you always place a premium on getting on the short grass, or are there some situations where the rough would be okay as long as you get plenty of distance? The more you start the think about this topic, the more interesting it becomes.

There are generally two schools of thought on this question – those who think that the golf fairway should always be the goal, and those who think distance can trump accuracy. Let’s take a closer look at each of those two arguments.

The Argument for Accuracy

Golf shots are generally easier to control when they are hit from the golf fairway – that much we know, and can probably agree on. When the club is able to strike the ball cleanly with no long rough between the ball and the face of the club, the golfer has maximum control over the ball flight that results. Bad shots under these conditions can’t be blamed on the grass getting in the way – it is all on the golfer (unless you may have been in a divot or something like that). Therefore, putting the ball into the golf fairway is the ultimate goal for each and every tee shot.

This argument will hold the perspective that the extra yards gained by being more aggressive off the tee aren’t a benefit when the next shot has to be hit from the rough. For instance, a shot played from 150 yards to the green from the golf fairway just might be easier to deal with than a shot from 125 yards out of the rough. If the golfer is able to get closer from 150 in the fairway on a consistent basis, then it would seem they are better off playing for position.

The Argument for Distance

Closer is always better is the argument that this group will hold. It is much easier to get close to the hole when you are closer to the green, even if the shot has to be played from the rough. The equipment golfers use today allows for shots from the rough to be spun enough to hold most greens, so the golf fairway advantage may not as significant as it used to be. As long as the drive leaves the player with a clear shot at the green, it doesn’t really matter what kind of lie the player has.

The Verdict

As with most arguments, the truth is somewhere in between the two extremes in this debate, provided you aren’t giving up more than 25 yards or so of distance by being in the fairway (beyond that point, it’s normally better on average to be farther down the hole). The right choice for any individual hole, and player, depends on a number of factors. If a course has deep rough, then playing for the golf fairway might be the best choice. On a long course with light rough lining the fairways in which the style of rough could “tee” the ball up and not really have a bad lie, the aggressive club selection off the tee could be justified and work out best in the long run. You will need to assess your own game and course and decide what kind of strategy you are most comfortable with. Don’t be afraid to adjust that strategy as you go to suit the conditions that you are playing in, and the course you are playing on. Over time, you will get more comfortable with your decision making and the choices you make on the tee will become second nature.

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By Paul Myers

It can be a great feeling to have ample swing speed at your disposal. Even a long golf course suddenly is far less intimidating when you can launch the ball down the fairway, or hit towering iron shots that come down soft. It isn’t necessarily enough, however, to have that power at your disposal – you need to know when and how to best use it. If you simply try to hit each shot around the golf course as hard and far as you can, good consistent results are probably unlikely. Rather, it can be good to demonstrate discipline and patience in order to get the most from your power.

Picking Your Spots

Depending on the type of golf course you are playing, there are likely to be some holes on the golf course that welcome the use of your power, and others that will punish you for missing just slightly. You job is to pick and choose the right times to be aggressive with your shots, and when to hit less club and make sure you stay in good position.

For example, a short par five might usually be a good time to try for a long drive so you can reach the green in two – but if there are hazards on both sides of the fairway, and deep bunkers around the green – you might be better served to play the hole in three shots and make sure you stay on the short grass. While it isn’t as fun to lay up on a par five, scoring-wise, you decision making should be first and foremost concerned with making the best score possible.

Not All Drives Must Be 100%

Just because you are hitting a driver doesn’t mean you have to give it maximum speed on every swing. Sometimes, a swing at about 90-95% effort is all that is required to hit a nice shot down the middle of the fairway and set up a comfortable approach. You won’t get any bonus points at the end of the round for hitting long drives on every hole, so don’t worry about smashing it off every tee. On the average, drives at 90-95% will probably be longer than the ones at 100% anyway. Instead, think of your round of golf like a chess match – for scoring it is all about position and putting yourself in the best spot to succeed on the golf course.

Trust Your Eye

Sometimes, a shot just doesn’t look right when you are getting ready to hit it. Even if you know you have the power to clear a hazard and reach the green, don’t fight your instincts if you are fully comfortable with taking on the shot. Good golf requires complete conviction, and you won’t be committed to a shot if you are doubting whether or not you should be trying it in the first place. Good decision making is part logical and part emotional – trust what your gut feeling is telling you and don’t go for a shot unless you are totally convinced that you can handle it.

By spending your practice time working on adding swing speed to your game, you are putting a valuable weapon in your arsenal on the golf course. However, just as important as being able to hit long drives, is knowing when to use them. Before each round, think about your strategy for the day and then adjust accordingly – even if that means you have to resist the temptation of the driver from time to time.

If you liked the article about knowing when to flex your muscle on the golf course and you think it would help another golfer, please like it.

 

To learn more about Swing Man Golf products and hit it longer with swing speed training, click here.

And, if you would like to add 30 to 40 yards to your drives over the next 30 days, like thousands of our customers have before you, you might consider our unique Swing Man Golf Swing Speed Training.

Use the tool below to find out a.) how fast your swing speed should be and b.) how fast you COULD swing it soon:

 

HOW FAR SHOULD YOU DRIVE IT? HOW FAR COULD YOU DRIVE IT?

…based on gender, age, handicap and average driving distance? Use this tool to find out:

Male Female