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Always know where not to miss before you hit a shot. This doesn’t mean you have to assume you’re going to miss your target, but you certainly want to plan for it in the event that it does happen. For instance, if there’s water in front of the green, you know you don’t want to miss it short. So don’t pull a club out of your bag that even has the slightest chance of not making it to the putting surface. Even if your shot ends up behind the green, you can still get it up and down for par. That’s not something you have the chance to do if your ball is in the middle of a pond.

Always identify the trouble and play away from it.