Originally Posted by Dave242
How do you make a dogleg hole work properly in the regard we are talking about simply by adding a shorter tee pad (or feng shui)?
lots of different ways. i think the scenario that you're picturing is a 90 degree dogleg where the first shot is thrown to the opening to the second leg. i don't think that 90 degree doglegs are good holes in general. they're more like two par 3's strung together than a real dogleg par 4. the best doglegs afford the player the opportunity to get further down the fairway by executing an excellent shot, while taking on more risk. this is accomplished by sweeping curves, not 90 degree turns.
for example, take a dogleg par 4 wit a sweeping turn that plays 650 feet for blue, 575 feet for white, and 450 feet for red, as shown in this very basic image. The hole is designed such that the blue player throws a 350 feet drive, followed by a 300 foot second shot. The white player throws a 325 foot drive, followed by a 250 foot second shot, and the red player throws a 250 foot drive, followed by a 200 foot second shot.