TIP FROM THE PRO
The first thing to mention about the first is how many of you get caught up in the rough on the right. The problem here is that we all know it's a dogleg and so we all think we should be cutting the corner. From the white blocks it is exactly 212 yards to the tree on the corner of the dogleg (the one we all get snookered by!). In the summer that isn't a big problem for most as the ball will run out past it but in the winter that demands that I almost always hit a driver on the first tee as I will only carry it 220ish with a good one. So even I cannot afford to go right there as I won't get out of the trees.
So, all of us should be aiming further left off the tee to ensure we stay on the fairway and so that we are not blocked out by the same tree. When you actually walk down the hole you realise it's not that big a dogleg anyway so a straight drive well left of the right hand trees is not a bad play at all. Once in the fairway the hole is very obvious and we just need to try to hit straight shots to the green. Again it is very evident how many of us come up short though!