We have reached hole 15 at Nicklaus North. Fantastic backdrop that we’ve got in glorious high definition we’ve got here at HD golf, at Lets Golf in Horley. Have a look at the Canadian mountains
that we’ve got as part of our backdrop as we play this hole. That’s why I wanted to feature this hole as a bonus hole. I love that tee shot, we’ve got the chalets down the right hand side and we can just admire the backdrop that we’ve got. A good par 4, a strong par 4, hazards that come into play beyond 175 yards off the tee
. That bunker up the left hand side comes into play at 175 yards. At 200 yards, the bunker on the right hand side comes into play. We’re looking to play the ball a little bit more to the middle to maybe the left half of the fairway which is going to give us a straighter shot into that green. I’m going to advance the ball further off the tee so that I can take the hazards out of the equation on the tee shot.
So I’m going to be hitting driver on this 387 yard par 4 to advance the ball beyond the bunker on the right hand side and play it as far down as possible. For the club golfers; just make sure that you consider your distance and know your distances off the tee with your tee club to make sure you consider the bunker on the left and the bunker on the right hand side. If you can fly the ball beyond 200 yards down the left side that would be more safe, it’s going to give you a straighter view at that green and keep you away from that big hazard on the right edge of the green. Club of choice for me: driver off the tee, distance about 280 to 290 yards.
A driving tip for you; a good friend of mine wrote a recent article in Today’s Golfer, Lee Cox, specializes in long driving. Great tip. He had an impact bag showing how to hit, how to get the correct spin loft
, which is the attack angle of the club and the angle of loft that you show the golf ball through impact making sure that get the correct spin loft to a) launch the ball and then spin the ball correctly so it climbs. You’ll get that correct trajectory and get that ball up in the are high enough and keep it up there long enough. So, a good tip for you is to make sure that you hit the ball on the up
, you can see here I’m just going to push down on the toes of my right foot, and I’m going to turn my belt buckle out of the way so that I can get the shaft leaning forward just a small fraction, but the ascending angle of the club going upwards into the golf ball. This way I can reach impact with the club, halfway get the ball just halfway up the club face wall. We want it just above the center to get that loft
and that launch in the correct spin so you can see that again as I show you that position, a little bit of pressure on my toes of my right foot, turn my belt buckle through, feel like my head is dropping back, my left shoulder climbs up. and I can hit that ball on the upswing, catch that ball right out of that sweet spot, just above that sweet spot and hit that ball high into the air. Okay, so let’s try a drive.
I’ve hit that one straight down the middle, I’ve given myself a nice straight shot into the green. Distance was just under 280 yards
, but between 280 and 290 was my estimated tee shot with the driver so I’d be happy with that. I’ve got 112 yards into the green. I’ve got a straight look into the middle of the green without having to cross any hazards. My shot into the screen is going to be with a gap wedge, to ensure that I’ve got enough club to reach the middle or the back of the green. Again, another little tip always put an emphasis on making sure that you have more club going into the green than less and not enough. I’m going to go with a gap wedge, and I’m going to play this straight out to the middle of the green
, distance is just slightly reduced and not a full gap wedge.
I’ve knocked it just inside of 15 feet, I'm happy with that. That little reduction in club legth there coming down and getting my glove hand at the middle of the handle and my right hand down the bottom half allowed me just to reduce the leverage that I can create with the club and reduce my speed and ultimately hit the ball.
So, I’ve got a little just under 15 feet
; 14.4 feet. I can see the brake is slightly right to left however I’m probably going to hitting ut just outside that right edge making sure that my speed is correct is it’s slightly uphill. I’m going to get a good line, I’m going to look at the front of the golf ball, about six inches on that line just right of the hole. Then get the correct speed, to roll this ball 15 feet. Knocked it inside my gimme range, I'd be happy with that 2 putt par, a little bit of practice I think for this driving range pro. However 2 putt par, I’d be happy with. With a bit more putting practice, I’ll be putting that in one.
That’s hole 15. So just to recap, make sure you know your distances off the tee, you know to play the ball mid or left half is going to open up the green a little but more. Then you’ve got a sensible shot into the green making sure you just get your distance control right. If you’re having to reduce the distance make sure of that little tip I showed you about gripping down the handle. And a pretty straight forward green no massive slopes on it there so we would expect maybe a two putt par if you’re outside of that 15/20 feet range. Make sure you aim for that dustbin lid, stop that ball within that dustbin lid of the hole.