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Terrain heterogeneity. The direction of the ball's bounce when it lands is left to chance.
Because the heterogeneity I'm suggesting is not sufficiently discouraging from a distance. It is underestimated by the player so he attempts the shot. Large swales and hallows are not what I'm describing - terrain nuance and camouflaged perspectives are.
As a player, I'm a sucker for a cut the corner carry. If there are trees or bunkers to clear that get me closer to the hole, I'm all about it. It matters not really whether the angle is better or if the risk reward payoff is right. If a good shot clears it I'm hitting it. If you want to make that work for a range of people, then an angled hazard works. 16 at PV is a great example of that. Further right you go the longer the carry and the better the angle. Go as far right as you dare. Another hole that gets me into trouble is 7 on Bethpage Black. The closer to the trees you go, the more reachable the green is. There's acres of fairway left, but that makes it a three shot hole. I go for close to the trees and frequently end up in them. The penalty for being in there isn't that severe, so it works. But it's totally worth it for that time the ball comes down 5 yards left of them and you wind up with a shot to the green.
Collecting features on a green. I think alot of people feel like they can take advantage of contours that collect balls on a green and they see it as a green light. Mostly because thatís what they see on TV. Iíd argue thatís a bad tactical play.
Quote from: Ben Sims on June 07, 2023, 02:28:31 PMCollecting features on a green. I think alot of people feel like they can take advantage of contours that collect balls on a green and they see it as a green light. Mostly because thatís what they see on TV. Iíd argue thatís a bad tactical play.This is a good example. Really, though, for good players, it is not so much about tempting them to go for it as it is about tempting them to play to what appears to be the "safe" side. When you defend one side of the green tightly and give them open space opposite, they are more prone to lean to the safe side . . . and any time you get a great player to aim away from the hole, that's a win!
Doglegs where the green can be seen from the tee.Shorter holes of any par. Ciao