What's the strategy for a lay-up shot to the Green?

What’s the strategy for a lay-up shot to the Green?

That lay-up shot would leave you a very manageable 70 yards to the green, a short shot that likely takes the water out of play. What’s the strategy in that scenario? There’s the initial decision to play a lay-up shot, rather than going for the green. But there’s also the decision on how short of the creek to leave yourself.

What does it mean to lay up on a hole?

A golfer "lays up" on a hole when the risk outweighs the reward, or when the golfer knows that hitting a shorter shot is really the only option. "Lay up" as a golf term is an old part of the golfer’s lexicon, dating to the 19th century at least.

What is a lay-up shot in golf?

A lay-up shot is when a golfer decides to hit the ball a shorter distance than might normally be expected due to intervening circumstances, such as “laying-up” short of a water hazard. Most often, a lay-up shot is made to avoid hitting the ball into a hazard or to position the ball in a more favorable position on the fairway for the next shot.

Do you know when to lay up on a golf course?

Knowing when to lay up is part of what’s called "course management," and good course management – essentially just making good decisions as you play your way around the golf course – can save you strokes. Of course, going for it is fun! Everyone wants to hit the "hero shot."