Especially useful for golfers with medium and high handicaps

August 21, 1955

Too many golfers hurt their score by trying to get out of tough situations with the type of shot they should attempt only from a fairway lie. `For instance, say a golfer drives into the heavy rough—more than this, that his ball ends up on a down-slope. Nine out of 10 people pull out a spoon or four-wood intent on making up for the distance they have lost by hitting a really big shot. The same pattern holds true when a golfer drives into a trap that flanks the fairway on a par-4 hole. He spurns the sensible recovery in favor of trying to reach the green in one stroke. What usually happens is that the player follows the first bad shot with a worse shot. Before he is finished with the hole he often plays a damaging number of strokes.

Play the difficult shots conservatively. Forget about distance from a tough lie. When you drive into the rough or a trap, don't try to reach the green with a "wonder shot" with your wood. Take a medium iron, like a 5 or a 6, and try to place the ball in a good position for the next stroke. Then, if you play a fine shot from that position, you can redeem your par after all.

from NOBLE CHALFAUNT, Park Hill Country Club, Denver

TWO PHOTOS DIAGRAM200 YDS. ILLUSTRATIONThe sensible recovery ILLUSTRATIONThe wayward press

NEXT WEEK'S GUEST PRO: JULIUS BOROS ON STAYING DOWN

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)