Sometimes taking a big risk is part of the game. However, hitting a risky shot without the prospect of a reward is kind of like making a bet in which the only two options are that you lose or break even. Sometimes, trying to hit a highly difficult shot can add a lot of excitement to your round, but it’s always important to not let your emotions get the best of you. Just because you can carry your drive 250 yards doesn’t mean that you have to try to carry a body of water 240 yards out.

Always ask yourself two questions before deciding whether to take a risky shot:

1) What is there to gain if I pull this shot off?

2) What is there to lose if I don’t pull it off? If the first answer doesn’t outweigh the second, play it safe.