Course Management is what separates the good players from the great. If you know your game (which hopefully you have a better idea now), you are good enough to hit the fat parts of the fairways and the safe parts of the green on your approach shots! Most of us get “greedy” trying to take lines off the tee that are not smart and attacking pins that are in tough locations.
Best tip for course management – NEVER HIT A CLUB THAT YOU ARE NOT 100% CONFIDENT IN. I would rather have you hit 5 iron off the tee on a par 5 with 100% trust and confidence, then hit driver with insecurities and no trust
Distance control is one major aspect players need to start managing their game.
In order to have good distance control, you need to be able to hit the ball solid consistently.
Hitting the ball solid consistently is developed through grooving a proper impact position. The only way to work on impact is by slowing it down and hitting pitch shots. Player over look pitch shots and go straight into full swings when they arrive at the course. 80% of your full swing practice should be pitch shots and tempo drills to ingrain the proper impact!
Next time you go out to the course, use this sheet below to start and gage your distances for each club.