The Opening Move

A tee shot is like an opening move on the chessboard. Each hole is a new game and there are many ways to win. The opponent is always par. A well-placed drive sets up the board for other successful moves. Attempted shortcuts can result in a quick defeat. In order to conquer par, a series of properly executed actions are required. The best strategy is to start with a move that plays to your strengths. A good tee shot is one that allows for the next swing to be decisive. To stumble on the first swing is not a death sentence, but it makes capturing the board all the more difficult. An unassuming yet appropriately executed drive can lead to a wide array of options. A swift attack is made possible by proper positioning. When the winning move occurs, it can often be traced back to the preceding drive. Beating par begins with the first move.


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-J