How To Win The Masters
There Is More Than One Way To Come Out On Top
Score: 280, eight under par
Margin Of Victory: Three shots over Tiger Woods
How He Won: Found the right location on the greens, and that set up aggressive putting opportunities
His Shot: The well-struck iron
First, get into a strong spine-angle position. I like my players to bend forward so that their spine and shaft are at a 90-degree angle to each other at address. A chest that’s too tall is up and away from the ball and will lead to a “retreat” when you swing. Lean over, get engaged with the turf into an “attack-driven” posture and you’ll be in a position to create maximum pressure on your golf ball.
2. Do the logo drill
Once your posture is set, it’s all up to the arms to create your golf swing’s shape. Get your arms to swing around your torso by smashing your golf shirt’s logo on the backswing with your left arm. On the followthrough, swing your right arm back across your chest, replicating the path you traveled with your left. With a solid posture and this simple tip, your swing will always be on a reasonable plane and yield consistent results.
Conclusion: With bunkers, water and nasty slopes guarding the green (not to mention some of the longest approaches in golf), every Masters champion needs a rock-solid iron game. Take a page out of Trevor Immelman’s arsenal and you’ll be on your way to your own awards ceremony!
Jeff Ritter, PGA, teaches at the ASU Karsten Golf Academy in Tempe, Ariz., and is the author of Golf by Design. Visit golfbydesign.net.