The Pros and Cons of Playing a Par-3 Course
“Pitch and Putt” Par 3 Course
Sometimes, you just want to have a nice relaxing round.
A great way to do that is play a par 3 course.
- Playable: It is only a par 3. So it is relatively playable for the non golfer. Whether that is an old friend who has clubs but never plays, a kid or even your girlfriend. Par 3 courses are short enough to where even someone who tops the ball 9/10 times can have fun.
- Walkable: Some people hate walking on a normal course. Par 3 courses are nice to walk because it isn’t all that much walking. 18 holes is going to be right around 3,000 yards compared to real courses that could be up to 6,500.
- Time: Since the holes are smaller, they take less time to play. 18 holes will take a lot less time at a par 3 course. So if you are just trying to squeeze in some swings, this is a great option.
- Irons: Unless you are very very old. Driver and woods are going to be staying in your bag most of the day. This means all irons. Which can be good. This is great time to get some practice with your irons and maybe even a hybrid on the longer holes.
- Putting: Most of the time, when you hit a green in regulation, you are outside of 10 feet from the hole. Unless you are a PGA Tour pro. But this means you get to practice long lag putts, speed control and other things that come into long putts. Instead of you missing the green and chipping close.
- Pace of Play: Because they are relatively easy and family friendly, the people at these courses suck. I recently got stuck behind a father and son playing and the father topped everything and the son would scream “Kobe” every time he swung as if he was mimicking Kobe Bryant.
- Only Irons: You never really get to pull out the diesel stick or even 3 wood. So just keep them in your car so you aren’t tempted to do something stupid.
- Price: Although it is a lot less course, most of the time the rates are the same as a normal par 72 course.
Par 3 courses can be fun and relaxing. Leave the expectations at your country club and just have a fun day.
Compress The Ball For Better Iron Shots
Flush It Off The Fairway
Irons are arguably the toughest club to hit in the bag.
They are pretty small, the shafts are longer than a wedge and there isn’t much room for error.
Everyone knows with your driver you want to be on the upswing when you hit the ball, because of the small loft it helps get the ball in the air.
However, a lot of people have no clue where in the swing you should hit irons.
On the way down? Bottom of swing? On the way up?
“Well pros make divots so it must be after they hit the ball, so you hit it at the bottom.”
“Hit it on the way up, get the ball in the air!” Well, that’s wrong.
Surprisingly, you want to hit the ball on the downswing. You want to compress the ball.
Here is a simple way of explaining it:
On your downswing, you want to pinch the ball between your club face and the ground, so the ball wont go straight into the ground.
You want to hit the ball with your right palm facing the ground making the club pound down on the ball.
Once you hit the ball you it will explode off the club face and your club will continue down then up, actually creating the divot after you hit the ball.
Can you believe that? The divot is actually after you hit the ball, not before. Weird.
Once you start hitting your irons on the way down and compressing that little urethane ball with your metal club face, you will be hitting your irons higher and longer than you ever have.
Say goodbye to sweeping the ball off the ground and getting minimal distance and terrible trajectory.
Hit the ball like Dustin Johnson, work on compressing that thing and hit more greens in regulation.