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Strategic Golf, with Dean Reinmuth

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Lesson 1: Par-4 Strategy

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Par 4s come in all different shapes and sizes, but the usual strategy is to pull driver and hit it as far as you can down the middle. Distance is always nice, but the key to playing par 4s is giving yourself a good angle to the pin on your second shot. In this video, Dean Reinmuth explains the best ways to position your tee shot, play into the green and walk away with a good score.

SWING THOUGHTS

Pick a target from the tee on par 4s that gives you the best angle to the green
On par-4 tee shots, play for good position over maximum distance
If the front of a green is open on one side, try to play in from that side
If you face a tough recovery shot, play to the fattest part of the green
To hit a lob shot, make a smooth swing with a full turn back and through
Be aggressive on approaches only when you have room for error
Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy
2 Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy
  • What to look for from the tee
  • Angling away from penalty areas
  • The best spot to miss a green
  • Using slopes to get the ball close

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Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy

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Par 3s are great opportunities to put a low number on your scorecard, but they can lead to round-wrecking mistakes if you’re not careful. The safest play is usually the best play, no matter how long or short the hole. Here, Dean Reinmuth demonstrates how to attack these short holes from the tee and also around the green.

SWING THOUGHTS

On par 3s, tee up on the same side as the trouble and play away from it
Use your practice swing as a true rehearsal for the shot
Study the green on par 3s: Is there a slope to help feed your ball to the hole?
Know where to miss on par 3s so you can still get up and down for par
Read your chips like putts, and pick a precise route to the hole
Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy
3 Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy
  • Creating a plan from green to tee
  • Weighing safe versus aggressive
  • The one shot you never want to hit
  • How to execute a perfect lay-up

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Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy

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Par 5s can seem daunting, but they shouldn’t be, because they present a variety of options. The aggressive player loves par 5s, seeing an opportunity to swing away off the tee and go for the green in two. But all players can effectively navigate the par 5s with three safe shots, setting up a good birdie look. In this video, Dean Reinmuth shows you how to conquer these long holes.

SWING THOUGHTS

If you play aggressive on a par-5 tee, make sure your miss is away from trouble
Plan your par-5 strategy backward: green to fairway to tee
If you can’t reach a par 5 in two, play three conservative shots to the green
Don’t swing harder on par 5s; good position always beats distance
When laying up on a par 5, play to a favorite wedge distance

Strategic Golf, with Dean Reinmuth

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Lesson 1: Par-4 Strategy
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Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy
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Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy
Strategic Golf, with Dean Reinmuth INDEX
Lesson 1: Par-4 Strategy
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Lesson 1: Par-4 Strategy
  • Focusing on position over distance
  • When not to use your driver
  • Making your approach shot easier
  • How to recover from a mistake
  • Focusing on position over distance
  • When not to use your driver
  • Making your approach shot easier
  • How to recover from a mistake
Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy
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Lesson 2: Par-3 Strategy
  • What to look for from the tee
  • Angling away from penalty areas
  • The best spot to miss a green
  • Using slopes to get the ball close
  • What to look for from the tee
  • Angling away from penalty areas
  • The best spot to miss a green
  • Using slopes to get the ball close
Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy
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Lesson 3: Par-5 Strategy
  • Creating a plan from green to tee
  • Weighing safe versus aggressive
  • The one shot you never want to hit
  • How to execute a perfect lay-up
  • Creating a plan from green to tee
  • Weighing safe versus aggressive
  • The one shot you never want to hit
  • How to execute a perfect lay-up