Making good swings and having solid contact with the ball is obviously key to a successful round, but as equally important to your game course management.  Merely walking up to a ball and making a good swing doesn’t equate to success without strategy, and PGA Professional Todd Kolb discusses how to look over an approach shot from about 150 yards.

–        Know where you want the ball to go, and what it will do when it lands

–        Note pin position (front, middle, back)

–        Acknowledge any bunkers, hills or hazards that may come into play with your shot

Knowing how far your ball is from the pin gives you a starting point, but understanding your shot and its surroundings can help keep your scores lower and your mood lighter, allowing for a much more enjoyable round.