One of the most important skills in golf if you want to shoot lower scores is working on your distance control, writes PGA professional Adam Glass.
Dustin Johnson, the pre-tournament favourite for this week's Masters Tournament at Augusta National, has often talked in interviews about the benefits of knowing how far his wedges travel.
In a world where everyone is obsessed with hitting the ball further, it is often overlooked how valuable being preceise with distance control is on your approach play.
Those one or two yards of carry could make the difference between being plugged in the face of a bunker and taking double bogey, or leaving yourself a short putt for birdie.
There are obviously many factors that contribute to developing the ability to know and control your distances.
Sound technique that will give you a good chance of striking the ball consistently will be the biggest factor, but a distance measuring device such as a golf GPS or laser rangefinder can also be very effective in developing an awareness of how far you hit each club in your bag.
This is an essential tool and could be a far better and less expensive investment than splashing out on the latest driver.
Another great way to develop this skill and improve awareness is to have a Trackman gapping session. I do this with many of the players I coach and do it periodically for the competitive players I teach as the weather conditions and temperature play a huge part in how far the ball will carry. A chart can then be prepared and taken onto the golf course to help.
Hopefully this will help you manage your game a little better, keep you out of trouble and give you a better chance of shooting lower scores.
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