Too often the weekend amateur does not give himself his best chance to reach the long par-4s or even the par-5s in two shots. He is prudent with his drive, and this frequently means that he has to play his second shot safely short of hazards guarding the front of the green. My advice on such holes, especially if there is any room at all off the tee, is to abandon caution. Stand up on the tee and decide to hit your longest possible drive, for this is a case in which boldness is not only much more fun, it is smart golf. As far as the touring pros are concerned, the 15th hole at the Augusta National, a par-5 with the same characteristics as the one at right, provides a good example of how this strategy works. We all try to hit big drives here because the reward for good tee shots can be great, while the penalty for bad ones is very slight. If, in our effort to swing hard, we hit sloppy drives we can still play safely short of the water with our second shots. Thus we are no worse off than the cautious player who has simply tried to steer his drive down the middle. The average golfer faces the same kind of challenge on his club's long par-4s. If he really cuts loose off the tee he opens up the chance to get home in two and possibly score a birdie. If his tee shot is poor he can usually hit a recovery shot out in front of the green, which is where he would have been anyway if he had hit a short, safe drive.