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Should I Be More Aggressive When The Golf Greens Are Soft?
When the golf greens are soft and there has been a lot of rain, or a very heavy dew and there is water on the greens, or the greens are playing very softly, you can hit the ball into the green and it is really going to stop very quickly.

You are going to lose all the roll you would normally have on the golf ball if the green was playing like a more normal, or even a harder condition.

In these conditions it is very important that you pitch the ball, or land the ball, right next to the flag, because it is going to stop straight away once it is on such a soft golf green. In these conditions you need to be much more aggressive with the club that you use and attack the pin a lot more because you are going to lose all of that roll that you usually see on the golf ball when it lands.

To play more effectively in these conditions, what you want to work on doing is when you go to the driving range, work out the yardage that you hit all of your golf shots. But do not just work out the total yardage. You need to also work out of that total yardage, how much of that yardage the golf ball is in the air and where the bounce point is for the shot, so that you know how far the ball flies, the distance at which the ball lands and takes its first bounce and then work out how much further the ball rolls. You should have a yardage for overall distance that you can hit each of your golf clubs, but also be more aware of the yardage that the ball lands at, because it is the yardage that the ball lands at that you want to be working with if the greens are very, very soft.

You are going to lose all of the roll of the ball on soft greens, so you will not get that total yardage distance you are more used to using. If you know the distance that the ball travels in the air before it lands, that is the yardage you are going to use when the greens are soft and that will allow you to get the ball hit much closer to the flag before it lands, because when it lands you will lose the roll.

In soft conditions, yes, definitely attack the pin. There is going to be far less run. Pitch the ball all the way to the flag, so it lands as close to the flag as possible because then the ball will stop. If you do not become more aggressive when the greens are softer and you do not alter your game to allow for this, you will find that on soft greens you will really end up short and leave yourself with some very long putts to try and make, once you are on the green. With such long putts, really it is going to be hit and miss whether you can make them. You are much more likely to make shorter putts, so play more aggressively, attack the pin and get the ball pitching by the pin rather than pitching short and allowing for your usual roll.

Doing this will get you lowering your scores the next time you play when the greens are very soft.

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Playing defensively when the greens are soft is not maximizing the opportunity to take advantage of slightly easier playing conditions.

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This will often result in a ball that never reaches the flag and therefore may take additional strokes on each hole.

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If you are not more aggressive when golf greens are soft, then you will play some really nice golf shots, but they will not finish close to the flag. If you are used to playing to allow the ball to roll to the flag, you will land it short of the flag. Doing this on soft greens will result in the ball stopping quickly when it lands and will leave you short of the pin.