Lower Your Score on a Short Par 4

If you’re like most golfers short par 4’s present an exciting opportunity to make birdie.

This often leads you to pull out your driver and attempt to blast your tee shot as close as possible to the green.

If you’re deadly accurate with your driver this can be a good choice. Otherwise, you can quickly find yourself turning what you thought might have been a birdie hole into a 5, 6, 7, or worse!

Next time you find yourself on a short par 4 take a smarter approach. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to lower scores…

Club down.

Leave your driver in the bag and grab your favorite long iron or hybrid as you head toward the tee. This will help you eliminate the possibility of blasting your tee shot into trouble.

Take dead aim.

Make sure that you visualize your tee shot and pick a very specific target as you work through your pre-shot routine. it’s important to maintain your focus even with a shorter club in your hand.

Make a confident swing.

Clubbing down does NOT mean slowing your swing down. Address the ball like you mean it, and make a smooth swing transferring your weight to your front foot through impact.

Winning at the game of golf is all about executing on a SMART strategy, and these tips will help you do just that next time you step onto the tee box of a short part 4.

9 Responses to Lower Your Score on a Short Par 4

  1. Billy November 8, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Top tips you always come up with the best for club players.Cheers Billy.

  2. Bruce Appeldorn April 24, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    On a short par four tee off to a distance that will leave you with a full wedge to the pin

    • jerry September 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

      how many yards do you call a short par 4

      • Bill C April 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

        310 to 320 – so if your tee shot is only around 180 your shot to the green is only 140 max. That’s an example, but do your own math.

  3. Allah Ali November 7, 2017 at 6:31 am #

    Don;t know any Par 4’s out there that a 10 to 15 handicapper can reach with a hard to hit 2 iron and still have a wedge to the Green….I sure would like some of those pills in the bottle that those guys are using….. Maybe that is my problem…Wrong Bottle of Pills…..

    • Leeman April 21, 2018 at 4:21 am #

      There are plenty of par 4’s on public courses that are 300 yards or less. I’m a 10.8 hdcp. I can easily hit my 2H 200 yards, which would leave a gap wedge to the green. Just sayin’….

  4. Allah Ali January 14, 2018 at 7:31 am #

    Better approach….Hit your best long club…straight in the middle of the fairway…then do a Dustin Johnson and hit your irons to with in 10 ft of the pin…..Now all you have to do is be a GOOD PUTTER and you in…Watch Out Pro……

  5. Joe April 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    Have a favorite short iron or wedge and play your T shot to that distance. 8-9-w-gw-sw.

  6. William Murdick April 15, 2018 at 6:57 am #

    Clubbing down obviously works for the pros, but I’m not sure that hitting a long iron or hybrid off the tee produces, for 90s shooters, a more reliable result than a driver does. And a 140 yard shot to the green is very difficult for most amateurs. Which is why chipping and pitching are so important for them–they have to chip or short-pitch on almost every hole because they are NOT on the green in regulation.

    There is merit to learning how to control your tee shots with your driver and it can be done by almost any amateur dedicated to achieving that goal. Swinging less hard, more smoothly, with a better back turn (to avoid slicing or pulling) is enough for most players to achieve the same effect as a good hit with an iron off the tee.

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