Shots around the green get real easy when you are disciplined to selecting a land spot.
The goal around the green is the 3-foot circle. The pros get really good around the greens with soft hands, good tempo, selecting the best club, and landing the spot to achieve this.
On the other hand, recreational players typically go for the pin. What ends up happening is it lands at or near the pin and rolls on by; or if they get lucky, it goes in. But we can’t rely on luck all the time. So the sure bet is to assess the situation and then select the right spot. To do this, walk up to the green to check out the lay of the land.
You should be able to get in the 3-foot circle most of the time.
To make this task easier, follow these guidelines:
SPEED OF THE GREENS: Are the greens rolling fast or slow?
CHECK THE SLOPE: Is the green sloping downhill or uphill? Sometimes landing on the fringe is a better choice for a downhill slope.
HARD OR SOFT: With a softer green, you can be more aggressive and go for the pin. On a harder green, anticipate more roll.