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Golf tip: What I can learn from the pros, too!

Don't be too hasty with club selection on the tee

John Hoskison
Mon, 26 Oct 2009

Golf tip: What I can learn from the pros, too!

Prowling around: Impatient to hit my shot

As a fast player who likes to get on with his game, I have been trying to slow down on the course, to take my time and not get so impatient, particularly after a bad hole.

I learned my lesson while taking part in the recent European Tour Senior Masters at Woburn where I was paired in the third round, with multi-champions Ian Woosnam and Carl Mason.After a three-putt the 17th hole I was last of the three to tee off at the 18th and couldn't wait to make amends. You can see me standing at the back with a club in my hands having already decided what to hit, while they're still undecided.

As many who have played the Dukes course will know it’s a difficult dogleg par-4 and the right club is crucial to hit the fairway.

The advantage of hitting last is that I could have watched my playing partners tee off and gleaned more information on what was required. But instead of being patient I was too eager, while their respective caddies are still calculating the yardages.

The result was that 'Woosie' and 'Mace' hit the fairway and I found the trees on the right. In my haste, I hadn't noticed that the tee had been moved forward 20 yards so mis-clubbed my tee shot.

Next time you play in a medal, don’t automatically reach for a club you think might be the most suitable. Give the choice more thought, especially if you're teeing off last in your group. You might get some vital feedback that will effect your decision.

John Hoskison is attached to the Newbury Golf Centre and plays on the European Seniors Tour, having after spending time in China, where he was instrumental in building a driving range for underprivileged children in Fuzhou. He won the 2005 Jamega Tour Order of Merit last week had his best Seniors Tour finish (15th) in the Benhavis Masters in Spain. For further information visit John's website at



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