Play Like A Pro

11 Tips To Help You Play Your Best

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Every week, TV audiences are mesmerized by PGA Tour pros. It’s easy to understand why. It seems like every few minutes they hit some amazing shot, drain a long curling putt or stripe a drive down the center of the fairway. “If only I could do that,” golfers at home think.

Of course, to play like a Tour pro demands years of sacrifice and dedication. But that doesn’t mean the average golfer can’t hit Tour-quality shots. In fact—and this is one of the things I like most about the game—over the course of a round, I guarantee that every golfer executes at least one shot that comes off just like a pro’s.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to do that on a more consistent basis. Read on and get Tour tough.

Aim Away From The Trouble
Whenever you tee off on a hole with a hazard or OB on either side of the fairway, always tee the ball up on the side the trouble is on.

Consider the shot I’m faced with here. I’m standing on the 18th tee at TPC Scottsdale, where a large lake extends down the fairway’s left side. I’m teeing it up as far left on the tee box as possible, so I can aim right and away from the trouble. (Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of players snap-hook their drives into that hazard during the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and it’s not a fun way to finish your round.)

By teeing up on the left side, I can actually aim so far right that my back practically faces the lake. (In truth, I can barely see it when I look down the fairway.) By eliminating trouble (or ignoring it), I’m free to make a more aggressive swing. That’s exactly what the best Tour players do.

Hover Your Practice Swings
Roughly 85 percent of all amateurs slice their driver, but very few Tour players do (or if they do, they do it on purpose). Why? Simple. Pros swing the club on a flatter plane and square the clubface at impact.

Slicing can happen for two reasons: a steep downswing that leads to an outside-in swing and/or an open face at impact.

To fight the slice, try rehearsing your swing on a flatter-than-normal swing plane by hovering the clubhead about a foot off the ground and making swings like you see here.

This creates more arm rotation through the impact zone and generates more clubface rotation. Do this enough, and the face will square at impact and allow for a straighter drive.


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