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Playing Tip: Par-5 Strategy

IS driver always the club to hit off a par-5 tee? Not necessarily, says RACV Royal Pines Director of Instruction Mark Gibson.

IS driver the best club to use from the tee at every par-5? RACV Royal Pines Director of Instruction Mark Gibson says not necessarily.

There are several things to take into account before deciding what club to hit off the tee including:

Any trouble?

What distance it is from the tee and whether it is in range of your normal driving distance.

 Anytrouble

WHAT SIDE IS THE TROUBLE?

Whether the trouble is on the left or right side of the fairway and your normal shot shape.

 Whatside

WHERE WILL YOUR BEST SHOT LAND?

Whether you can confidently hit away from the trouble without finding a different hazard.

 Bestshot

Sometimes, depending on the answers to the above questions, a three wood might be a better option, especially if it is a hole you can't reach in two shots, even after a perfect drive.

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