Red LightGreen Light

By David BreslowJanuary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
How often do you make the wrong choice of shots or club selection during a round? How often do you experience balloon scores where you post a double, triple or even quadruple bogey?
One of the common dilemmas of the amateur golfer is the shot or series of shots that drive up a scorecard! Amateur golfers can slip into the trap of poor decision making on all kinds of shots on any part of the golf course. I often hear the comment, I dont know what happened, I just picked the wrong club! or Im not sure why I hit that shot, it just wasnt the right shot for that situation. Of course, these things are much easier to see in hindsight than they are on the course. How many shots do you give away during a round due to poor shot or club selection? It happens often and it can happen to players at all levels
Red light/green light is a way to divide the golf course into areas where you can feel comfortable playing it conservative and smart (red light) or go for it with bold aggression (green light). We can also throw in the caution light (yellow light areas) where youre in-between and a hint of caution can help make the best choice in the situation.
Professional golfers go to great lengths to know their games inside and out so they make the right decision in the situation that presents itself. Every player is different and each situation is different. The club they choose on one day might not be the club they choose in the same spot on the course, the next day.
Here are some reminders to think about that can help you make the best decisions in any situation:
Know Your Game
Be aware how far you hit each club in normal conditions and abnormal conditions. Its important to be honest with yourself about this so you can make the best choices during a round. Pros often say one of the most common mistakes the amateur golfer makes is under clubbing.
Red Light Zone
Red Light areas are locations on the course where you know its time to play the smart shot or the conservative shot. Here again, players can balloon a scorecard by making poor decisions when in the Red Zone. You can pre-determine many of the Red Zone areas especially if youve played a course more than once. If you hit the ball into one of these areas you already know its an opportunity to be smart and hit the right shot even if part of you wants to go for the risky shot.
Green Light Zone
Conversely, the green light zone is an area you feel comfortable going for the shot you want to hit. These may be approach shots to the green, hitting a certain club off the tee or pitch and chip shots to the hole. There are times to go for it on the golf course and your green light zones indicate those spots where you can be aggressive.
Understand Course Conditions
Golf is a situational game. Every situation presents unique information that is valuable to your decision making process. If you hit a 7-iron last week from this same spot, it doesnt mean you might hit the 7-iron from that spot today. Sometimes players will choose a club based only on distance. The presenting conditions such as wind, lie, pin location, other types of weather, etc. are crucial to your choice of club and shot selection. If you know your game and know your zones then you can make the proper adjustments as needed.
If you are truly interested in lowering scores and reducing the big number holes its important to be clear on the areas of the course where you need to be smart and conservative and where you can be free and more aggressive. The best players in the world have learned by trial and error that playing the game of golf involves more than just hitting the ball well or far. Playing the game involves knowing your game and knowing when and where to hit the best shots that put you into position to shoot your best score.
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.