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Arguably the most important element of good course management is having the right tool for the job. In this series, I'm going to share with you the basic fundamentals of club selection, from the teebox all the way up to the green.

But before I get into anything else, I want everyone reading to repeat this mantra: "Safe Line, Aggressive Swing." This should permeate the way you hit every shot. Choose a line and club that will give you the best chance of staying in play, and then rip it like you mean it.

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So those of you who have read my previous post now have a good idea of how to choose the appropriate club off the tee to keep yourself out of trouble.  In this segment, we will talk about those same principles as they apply to shots into the green.  Since greens are much smaller targets than fairways, and our goal shifts more towards hitting the ball close to the pin, club selection takes on an even higher level of importance.  Your club selection into the green will often determine whether you make birdie or bogey.

Just like with tee shots, and every other shot you hit, you need to choose the club that best allows you to take a safe line and make an aggressive swing.  Keep in mind that many times, firing right at the pin is in fact a safe line--at least when you have the correct club in hand.

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"What's up with that title," you say?  "I thought that the reason we practice our golf swings is so we can hit it straight!  Who is this crazy guy and why is he putting out course management instruction?"

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Today, I'm going to take you through the basic criteria for determining which shot shape to play on any given shot.  Basically, what you want to do on any shot is to 1) stay away from trouble and 2) get as close to the hole as you can while doing so.  In the future, I will talk about how wind and approach angles factor in...but for now, let's keep it simple.

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You've heard it said before that golf is a game of misses.  Or alternatively, it's not about how good your good shots are, it's about how good your BAD shots are.  When we step up and hit a ball, only rarely does it do exactly what we want it to do.  Hogan himself said in a typical round he would only hit 2 or 3 shots that actually came off as planned.  Think about that one for a minute.

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