If there was anything bad that came from Bubba Watson winning the Masters on Easter is the fact that he made possibly a once in a lifetime shot from the trees on the second sudden-death playoff hole to set up his victory.
The bad part is now every golfer will think that because Bubba Watson, who admits he has never had a golf lesson in his life, can make such a heroic shot they can. Fact of the matter is you probably can't and you will end up costing yourself even more strokes and more frustration.
The smart play in the situation where you have hit a bad shot and can find the ball, whether it be a tee ball or other shot is to locate one of the yardage markers, 150 or 100, and see if you can get the ball to that point or near that point. If so hit the ball to that point and proceed from there.
With the ball back safely in the fairway then you still give yourself a chance to make a good score, par or bogey, on the hole and keeping your frustration to a minimum.
There have been many tournaments, most recently, the 2007 West Virginia Open at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown where had I listened to my own advice from this column I would have not been worried so much about possibly missing the cut and cashing a much larger check at tournament end.
TEE TIME TIP: Play it safe, save your strokes and just get the bad golf shot back in play. Don't Be A Hero.
Mike Rogers, the owner and operator of Riverbend Golf Club in Buckhannon, is an award-winning PGA professional.