Tuesday, February 23, 2010
How To Win The Masters
There Is More Than One Way To Come Out On Top
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|Left: Angel Cabrera 2009 Champ; Center: Trevor Immelman 2008 Champ; Right: Zach Johnson 2007 Champ|
Zach Johnson, 2007 Masters Champ
Score: 289, one over par
Margin Of Victory: One shot over Rory Sabbatini, Retief Goosen & Tiger Woods
How He Won: Destroyed par-5s by laying up to his perfect wedge range
His Shot: How to hit the 3⁄4 wedge
The key to feeling confident from a short distance is to make consistently solid contact. Players who allow their weight to shift away from the target generally have an inconsistent bottom to their swing arc. This produces both fat and thin hits.
On shots from within 100 yards, set your weight more toward your left side. As a result, your swing will, in essence, pivot around the left side “post” you’ve created. This left-sided stability will ensure you maintain your swing center and improve.
2. Control your length
A long, loose swing creates a wide shot dispersion. To tighten up your direction, you need to keep your swing length under control. Work on creating a go-to shot (a 3⁄4 swing is a good place to start).
Next, take a look at your swing from the face-on perspective. (I suggest either asking a friend to watch you or tape yourself with a video camera.) Once you swing as far back as you’d like and make some corresponding solid hits, measure how far you’re hitting the ball. That’s your go-to shot. Then do the same with swings of varying lengths to bolster your arsenal!
3. Hit firm with the correct wrist angle and pressure at impact
In golf, the “knockdown” shot is one in which the player creates a tight, piercing ballflight that can cut through strong headwinds.
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