Originally Posted by Redhook
Being passive can lead to being tentative. An analogy for this would be laying up on a par 5. What you want to do is choose a conservative club and swing aggressively instead swinging conservatively with an aggressive club.
When it comes to your game, play aggressive, but within your capabilities. Choose your spots when you can attack and know when to ease back and play conservative. What that means is attack when you have a wedge in your hand or you're confident you can hit a good shot. Be conservative when you have a more difficult shot so you guarantee you make no more than a bogey.
I agree with that. In general it's not a matter of laying up or going for it, but rather honing in on targets. For instance, At pretty much every par 3 I play, my goal is "somewhere on the green," I never try to get specific and tell myself to try and be in better position on the green.
In that last round, I think I three putted the first few holes for bogeys, but after I realized that breaking 45 on the front was not going to happen, I started making all the 5-6 foot putts. Because I was trying to make them rather than trying not to miss them.