Stacy Lewis: Strategy - Bluejack National 6th hole

Stacy Lewis shares her strategy on how to play #6 at Bluejack National


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[MUSIC PLAYING] Stacy, we are on the beautiful six hole here at Bluejack, and you've hit a great drive. And you are 133. We have to carry over that bunker and over that first ridge there. What are you going to do?

Well first, whenever I come to something in the fairway, I have-- I know how far I hit my clubs in perfect conditions. And so my goal is to find what's going to make it not go that far, whether it's wind, whether it's the lie. Is there mud on the ball? Whatever it is, what's going to affect how far the ball goes?

So when I walk up to this, we have pretty good lie, so we don't have any concern there. And then our biggest concern here is into the wind, and then this green.

And we have to, we have to decide how much wind, right?

Right. We have to decide how much wind, and wind is-- you keep it high or low. How high are you going to hit it? Do you want to hit it low? You know, it's-- there's a lot of different variables with wind and how you can hit the shot, but here our biggest factor is we've got to get it over that front edge.

Otherwise, it's going to run all that down.

So--

Do you-- it's 133 actual. Do you say to yourself it's actually playing one something more than that, or how do you do it?

Yeah, so we have a couple. It's 133 is actually our edge. It's playing two yards uphill, so we're up to 135. And then with that wind we're looking probably 42, 43. So.

And you've got a--

I've got eight iron, should--

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

If you hit a good one?

I can hit it up to 145, so, just a pretty-- and I'm going to go ahead and hit most of it here, because if I'm a little past it, it's OK.

Perfect, yeah.

So we're going to go ahead and hit a solid eight.

But also that being said, nine has no chance, and seven is too much.

Right.

So that's going to be up there.

So that's definitely up there.

And that's coming back, probably going to be real nice. Good shot. So is the deal, Stacey, is it, is it all about building your own confidence before you even hit it? With the selection and--

For sure. I think you can help yourself, because the game of golf is about misses. You know, how are we going to make our miss so we can either make par or we have a good shot at birdie. And you have to-- where could I hit this? I'm always thinking about where I can hit the next shot to get myself the best opportunity.

So here, I can hit it past the pin right or left of it, but anything short right, short left, or left of the green--

No good.

Is no good, whole high right is even OK. So I'm thinking, OK, how can I get it to one of these areas?

So let me ask you this. What about the poor person that is saying, it's up the hill in that big bunker. It wants my ball, and if I don't get it there, and I know I'm not swinging that well. You know you're going to hit it well. What do we-- how do we help the average-- is there something they can, in their swing that they can--

Well, I think you have to start by saying, we have 133, and we played at almost 145. And I don't think a lot of people kind of go through that process of it's uphill. It's into the wind, and we have to get it up there. So you got to take more club.

You've got to-- you know, I think the biggest thing is choosing a club. And people think, you know, I hit eight on 145, but that's when I hit it, that's when I hit it good. I can hit it further. But I don't ever play to hit that far, where I feel like a lot of amateurs say, I hit my eight iron 140. And that's when they absolutely pure it.

Yeah, right.

You know, what does your average shot do? How far does your average shot go? And then let's pick a club based on that.

Isn't it true, Stacy, that you and I-- pros in general-- we don't have an ego about what club we hit. So we are absolutely involved with it. If it's a job for a screwdriver, we use a screwdriver. It's a job for seven iron, it's a seven iron. We don't want to go back to the clubhouse and say we hit driver nine short. We just, we don't care what we hit, do we?

Right, no. And I can hit a seven iron the same distance. I could hit a six iron from here if I wanted to. I mean, that's--

You're putting your best percentage step forward.

Yep, and that's what I think the best players do is they pick the best shot for that time. And that's what-- about winning a tournament and hitting the right shot at the right time-- that's what the difference between winning and finish top 10. And that's what we're always, as pros, that's we're trying to do. That's what we're talking about with our caddies with, or try-- what's the right shot for this time? And if today, maybe I'm not-- if I'm playing the round and I'm not hitting that great, I might hit a little seven here.

Might hit a little seven, yeah.

If I just feel good, I'll hit the eight, you know?

So it's all, all, everything's in play. All variables.

Absolutely. You just got-- I think all the variables in club choice is a huge deal, because if I try to squeeze a nine in here, there's no way I'll make a good swing.

No way in hell.

You're not going to make a good swing because you know you're going to try to hit it too hard, so.

Now there's one there that you just about got it. Oh, it made it over the top.

So that was just--

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

That's why you hit the eight. Yeah. And you and I both knew when you hit it it was one yard out or not from the coming back 30 yards short of the green.

Pulled it a little bit. As you said, though, that's OK if it gets that kick. There's the kick.

And you can get away with it.

It wasn't a great shot by you, but look at it now. It's rolling back, coming back. I don't know how you miss a ball with that wonderful shoulder turn you have, Stacy. I enjoy so much about watching you hit the ball. Up a hill, over a bunker, is it all about knowing the distance?

Knowing the distance you've hit it, and take-- throw that ego out the window.

Use the club, right? Use the right club.

Use the right club.

Stay away from the trouble.

That's right.

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