Today on Tee It Up Grand Strand we take a trip to Wachesaw East and get a playing tip from the PGA Head Professional, Mike DeLuca.  Wachesaw East has several great holes that require attention to detail or the scores will be high.  Mike is giving us tips on how to play the par 3 12th hole.

The 12th is 166 yards from the white tees with bunkers short of the green as well as a bunker along the right hand side of the putting surface and water off the back right side of the hole.  From the tee the view can be a little intimidating but Mike will tell us how to make a par!

The putting surface itself is pretty large and flat as far as par 3 greens go. That helps most golfers feel more at ease, knowing they have a large target to hit into.  Most amateurs are hitting mid to long irons into the green.  Getting it on the surface is goal number one from the tee.  The flat surface allows for easier putting to either get birdie or a 2 putt par.

However if we miss the green Mike has some tips for chipping back onto the green.

“The key is to remember that the putting surface is large and receptive to all kinds of shots” said DeLuca.  “Pick a shot you are comfortable with and have the most confidence in and hit it close to the hole as possible.”

Seems like common sense, but what Mike is telling us is something that many golfers fret over when chipping or pitching the ball.  Have confidence in the shot.  Not many green complexes give golfers multiple ways to play a shot.  Usually the slope or speed of the green dictates the shot.  The 12th green is level and large enough that golfers have options.

Once on the green it is time to make the putt.  Once again the large, flat putting surface provides mostly straightforward putts.  Find the line and putt a solid stroke on the ball and we should have a shot at making it.  Again the key is having confidence and knowing the there is not much slope to worry about.

For more information about Wachesaw East or to set up a lesson with Mike visit www.wachesaweast.com or call the golf shop at 888.922.0027.  There is always someone in the shop that is willing to help answer any questions or help make a tee time.