Method | From the Rough

Appeared in Summer 2014 LINKS

Mike Adams and T.J. Tomasi 2000
When you find your ball in deep rough you have to make two critical evaluations: “What score do I need to make?” and “How will the grass affect my swing?” If you’re playing match play and your opponent is next to the pin with a sure par, the shot you’ll choose is different from one if it was the second hole of a 36-hole stroke-play tournament. Total Golf

Billy Casper 1966
When your tee shot lands in the rough, don’t always automatically reach for an iron. There are times when a fairway wood can do the job better.

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Method | Chipping

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of LINKS.

Mike Adams and T.J.

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Method | Bunker Play

Appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of LINKS.

Seve Ballesteros  1988

A common mistake of amateurs in bunkers is getting “ball-bound”—focusing so intently on the ball that they become tense to the point of being unable to swing fluidly. The strategy that best helps me stay loose is to consciously focus and keep my eyes on the point where I want the club to enter the sand, once I’ve assessed its consistency by wriggling in my feet.

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Method | Long Putting

Dave Pelz  2012
To avoid three-putting long putts, golfers need to: (1) have their “touch” on high alert, (2) carefully observe the last five feet of their first putt’s roll to see how it breaks, and (3) stay positive and focused when the winds of the golf gods unexpectedly give them a second putt that is longer than they deserve. This is important, because three-putts often do more than waste one stroke: They can demoralize and anger a golfer, and often trigger disasters on subsequent holes. Putting Games

Annika Sorenstam  2004
I divide every long putt into two segments, walking halfway to the hole and making practice strokes from there while looking from the ball to the hole.

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