Ryan Palmer: Course Strategy - Short Sided

Mistakes happen. See what Ryan Palmer does when you play a short sided shot to the rough and don’t have much green to work with, the shot made even more challenging by the fact it has to be played over a bunker.


Now we've kind of put ourselves in kind of a predicament. We hit a bad tee shot or maybe we've hit a bad second shot. We've done the worst possible. We've short sighted ourself. And that's one of the worst things you do in a round of golf. The one thing we try to do every time is not short sight ourselves. So now I've got to almost hit a perfect shot to give myself a chance to get up and down.


I mean or you're going to be forced to make a 10-15 footer. So now we've got a big bunker to try to carry, not the best lie.

No green to work with.

No greens. We're looking at 8-9 feet of green between the fringe and the pin. So now we got to really buckle down and say, what kind of shot do I want to hit to give myself the best chance to make par. I don't want to leave it in the bunker which is probably going to end up plugging.


Because you come in soft and high. I don't want to blade it over the green. So now I'm just going to give myself the best chance to make par. And if I get away with it and hit anything close, great. And if not, you know, it's just time to make a putt. And if we end up making bogey, well, you leave the hole going, OK, we made the mistake.


We limited our score so we take the bogey and move on. To me, some guys are different, I probably take a bigger backswing and keep the tempo going even through impact to the follow through. Like I said, just try to get ourselves a manageable par putt.

Oh. Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ohhh.

Got away with that one. But we got an eight footer for par.