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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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The flag is staring right at you.  Right in the center of the big old green, with nothing around to protect it.  You're only 140 yards away from a sure chance at a birdie.  The wind is blowing strong into your face, but that doesn't bother you.  You're good with your fade, you're going to aim a little left and let that puppy drop right on the pin.  You grab your 8 iron, swing hard to bash it through the wind, and...


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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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