Make A Wish Golf Day – Beat the Pro

I was invited to be a part of the Make A Wish Foundation’s golf day held at KLGCC on Thursday 7th June 2012. This is a fantastic event which was filled to capacity which shows just how generous the community is with charity events such as this.

I was placed on the Par 3 15th which was playing at 135 metres on the day.

I was once again handed all kinds of clubs to try and hit the well protected green. The first few groups thought it was quite fun to watch me try to hit a Driver and make it stop on what is actually a very “shallow” green. After pitching the front edge twice, and on both occasions watch the ball bound through the green, I enforced the rule of only handing me anything between a 5 iron and sand wedge.

The course as always looked spectacular, but with the amount of grunting and growling from all of the groups coming through, it wasn’t exactly a walkover!

The KLGCC West Course requires precision off the tee box, and crisp iron shots to score well. Course management is key. I had the displeasure of watching some players playing the 14th hole, (a short par 4 protected by thick rough and a large water hazard on the left as well as short of the green) as if they had never played the game of golf before!! I could have sworn that some of the players had lost their minds, as they were trying to hit 3 woods and long irons out of the treacherous rough to a green guarded by a water hazard, and bunker over the back of the green.

On asking a few players why they selected 3 wood for their approach shot instead of pitching a 9 iron back onto the fairway, the reply was always “I thought I could get there”.

With tears in my eyes! Assess the situation that your ball is in, and if the percentage of hitting the green from the rough with a water carry is less than 90%, please do the smart thing and lay up. You will have a much higher chance of making par, or at absolute worst you will make a bogey. Take the double, or triple, or worse out of the equation and play safe (unless you have been taking steroids and hitting the gym).

We once again raised over RM2000 on the Beat the Pro hole which takes City Golf’s contribution to charity over the RM15,000 mark from the Beat the Pro service.

About indoorgolfpro

Rick is a member of the PGA of South Africa, where he has been awarded Class AA status for his commitment and service of the Professional Golfers Association. Rick hails from South Africa, and has spent his entire career travelling the world teaching and playing the game of golf. With a background in personal training and nutrition, Rick uses his knowledge of the biomechanics of the human body to teach an efficient and pain-free golf swing. rick@citygolf.com.my
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