Conquering the Island Green

From Michael Breed On March 15, 2021
On the TPC Sawgrass scorecard, the hole only measures 137 yards from the back tee. Yet, the par-3 17th may be the hole that players fear the most at THE PLAYERS. The hole stands apart because of its unique... island green design. The green is large, but the water that surrounds the putting surface on all sides makes it appear minuscule. Add in some swirling wind and you have a recipe that can inspire nightmares – even for tour pros.

The key to conquering No. 17 is eliminating the distracting visuals and in this video, Titleist staff member Michael Breed shares his targeting strategy (and some encouraging data about sidespin with your shorter irons) that will take the bite out of short par-3s forever.

Note: Make sure to stick around until the 5:45 mark in this video, when Michael proves just how effective his approach can be!
On the TPC Sawgrass scorecard, the hole only measures 137 yards from the back tee. ... Yet, the par-3 17th may be the hole that players fear the most at THE PLAYERS. The hole stands apart because of its unique island green design. The green is large, but the water that surrounds the putting surface on all sides makes it appear minuscule. Add in some swirling wind and you have a recipe that can inspire nightmares – even for tour pros.

The key to conquering No. 17 is eliminating the distracting visuals and in this video, Titleist staff member Michael Breed shares his targeting strategy (and some encouraging data about sidespin with your shorter irons) that will take the bite out of short par-3s forever.

Note: Make sure to stick around until the 5:45 mark in this video, when Michael proves just how effective his approach can be!
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