Elite coach Dan Whittaker has some tips on what to do when presented with this birdie chance

You’ve got a good score going and you reach a hole where birdie is a real opportunity. What do you do? In this video, I’ve got some tips for you on how to play a short par 4 thanks to some careful course management.

How to play a short par 4: The main points

One of the first things you need to do is take a look at your course planner. Map out where the trouble is and what sort of shot you need to hit in order to stay away from danger.

how to play a short par 4

You can then decide what shot shape you are going to play. When deciding this make sure you take into account the conditions. If the wind is blowing off the right, try and hit a fade to hold up against the wind.

how to play a short par 4

Another key point is being committed. The example above shows danger all down the right hand side. If you are indecisive you may find yourself more likely to find the water. Be committed and have a positive mindset.

how to play a short par 4

For more key points on how to play a short par 4 watch the full video at the top of the page.

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Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website or click here for more advice.