When it comes to Pebble Beach Golf Links, it’s hard to find someone who knows the track more than GOLF Academy lead coach Bobby Clampett. A native of Monterey, Calif., Clampett attended high school in Pebble Beach and also won two California State Amateurs on the historic links course, host site of this week’s 119th U.S. Open Championship. He also finished T-3rd in his first U.S. Open appearance at Pebble Beach in 1982—the year Tom Watson famously chipped in on No. 17 to hold off Jack Nicklaus—and T-37th in 2000. He also called nearly a dozen AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Ams as an analyst for CBS Sports. So who better to explain how the pros will tackle some of the more difficult and feared shots at Pebble this week.
If you want to learn how to play Pebble Beach, here’s your chance. Today, Clampett provides you with a go-to shot for one of the most famous and treacherous drives in all of golf, the tee shot on No. 18. The wind tends to blow off the ocean from left-to-right on this right-to-left hole, making a gentle high draw the shot of choice. As Clampett explains, you don’t want to create too much spin as you want the ball to be able to penetrate the wind. Here’s how to hit this low-spinning, high draw without flirting with the ocean that lurks down the entire left side of the hole.