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Course Caddy: Greek Hills No. 4
The First Par-5 On Greek Has an Anti-Par-5 Mentality Off the Tee


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Greek Hills Hole No. 4


Stop! Well, don’t stop reading, but don’t hit your tee shot yet.

I know we have a mindset when it comes to par-5s, to tee it high, let it fly and get as close as you possibly can. Not here, though. That’s not the way to tackle Hole 4 on Greek.

The fairway is divided into three different sections. To give yourself the best shot at the green—where the trees in the middle of the hole won’t be an issue—you’re going to want to be at the beginning of the second section.

In some instances, this will require a driver. Other times it might be a fairway wood. Ideally, however, you should barely be on the short surface when your ball finally rests.

The reason you do this is because it makes your approach easier. A 5-wood will be able to clear the trees—as will a 4-wood—which are the clubs you’re likely to hit from this spot. With the right placement, you can then concentrate on hitting the appropriate distance without having to worry about cutting it around any glaring obstacles.

This second shot can be tackled in a variety of ways. Most of the time, you will have some sort of spin—Backspin or Bite—equipped. It makes sense, especially with the elevation and the likelihood of you needing your ball to stop or slow down.

If that’s the case, it should look like this.

But allowing your ball to release is an option, too. If you feel confident in your distance control, the wind and the pin placement, then by all means give it a go.

It’s a more aggressive shot, but it should be in your repertoire of options.

 

Playing for eagle here isn’t all that trying. If you set yourself up accordingly on the tee shot, you’ll be in good shape with your approach. From there, it’s a matter of hitting the green and making a putt.

How do you play?

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