TIP FROM THE PRO
Finally we have a little relief and the 9th presents an opportunity. Having said that a lot of you will not think so because of the size of the green. This isn't a problem for everyone who can drive the ball to within 40 yards of the green but if you're hitting a 7 or 8-iron in I can understand why it starts to be a worry.
So let's examine our options - how many of you who tend to be short hitters fancy the chip over the front bunker or up the steep slope in front of the green, which I often leave short? How about over the bunker on the right onto a downslope (assuming you hit a lovely lob shot over the bunker!) or from behind the green from a heavy lie down onto a small green, if you can get over the ridge at the back?
However, from the left of the green we find a different story. No obstacles, usually to a flag on the other side of the green (clearly the rare left hand side flag does make a difference) makes this the easiest approach. So much so that I know quite a few big hitters who do aim left of the green with their drives. Clearly this hole should be a simple drive followed by a wedge directly for the flag but next time you play it, if you are doubtful at all, then think about playing to the left side deliberately to leave a simple chip. It might produce more pars than you think.