You’ve found the fairway off the tee (and probably farther, too). So, now, how can we maximize our chances of hitting a good approach shot into the green?
Eric Alpenfels, the director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, has a tip:
Alpenfels, when studying whether the Aim Small, Miss Small philosophy works for golf (the study was featured in the October issue of Golf Magazine), found that golfers aiming at a 15-yard wide target of the green accomplished two things:
- When testing with a 6 iron, they hit shots nearly seven yards longer.
- Their average deviation from the center of the green was just 6.3 yards with a 6 iron, compared to 7.4 yards when aiming at a small target (like, say, the pin).
Alpenfels, to his credit, will say that, scientifically, that’s a minimal difference in accuracy.
But as a golfer, the chance to be 9-10 feet CLOSER on a putt is huge.