How To Watch A PGA Tour Event
With the tournament golf season back in full swing we get an opportunity to enjoy watching some of the world’s greatest golfers compete each week on a variety of professional tours. When watching any great performer in action, there’s always the opportunity to learn and reflect on how we might benefit our games as well. If you’re heading out to a professional event or simply watching from home, here are eight tips to help you get the most out of following your favorite players.
The first place you can really learn something is during the player warm-up. After getting loose through light cardio, massage and active stretching, the world’s best arrive at the practice area a good 45 minutes to an hour before their tee time. Although each player has their own unique method to their madness, all will cycle through a series of putts, green side shots, irons and tee shots. The goal is simply to feel the ball on the face and find their rhythm for the day.
An incredible place to see your favorite players unique warm-up strategy is YouTube. The PGA Tour has recorded many of the top players doing their thing and it’s cool to see the similarities and differences in each routine. Search “PGA Tour warm-up” and you’ll get up close access to everyone from Jordan Spieth to Jason Day.
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TEE BALL BASICS
In general, amateurs tee the ball too low for the driver and too high for irons. When watching your favorite players, notice how high they place their driver tee height. They understand maximum carry comes from a high launch and low spin. A high tee perfectly sets the stage for an ascending hit with the ball striking above the club face center line. Conversely, top players will tee irons much lower. How low? Picture what would constitute a sweet lie in the fairway and you’ll have a good guide to incorporate into your own game.
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Ever set up for a shot and then put the club across your hips to check your line? You’ll never see a top player do that.
ADJUST YOUR AIM
Ever set up for a shot and then put the club across your hips to check your line? You’ll never see a top player do that. Why? It doesn’t work. To develop better aim, watch the pros. You should notice they all employ an “eyes-club face-feet aiming” sequence. First they aim with their eyes, standing behind the ball and finding their preferred line of play. This is followed by aiming the club face. Only when they affirm the face is correctly aligned will they set their feet. Most golfers set the feet first which is always a no-win situation.
RETHINK YOUR STRATEGY
Do you add up fairways hit, greens in regulation and putts? Guess what? New research shows that may be a waste of time. Dr. Mark Brodie, author of “Every Shot Counts” and statistical consultant to many top players, says the only way to truly evaluate stats is to look at what he calls “strokes gained.” This means moments when your performance delivers an actual advantage over the field. One simple way this can help the average golfer is understanding when a shot aimed out of the fairway might be best. With out of bounds or water on the right, a smarter play might be to aim to the fairway center or left rough. While a missed fairway left would kill traditional stats, it may lead to a stroke gained simply due to playing smart.
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Great putters tend to be more aggressive. Research shows many players in this category leave their first putts farther past the hole than others. Brad Faxon said if he’s marking his ball after his first putt has run past, that’s an indication his speed is aggressive and on point. Watch the pros versus their amateur counterparts and you’ll likely see this trend in action.
Top players are masters from 100 yards and in. When watching, notice how many rehearsal swings are taken on distance wedges, chips and pitches. You’ll notice many more rehearsals than for a standard tee or iron shot. Why? Partial-length swings require more fine tuning to get just the right amount of club speed for the shot at hand. In addition, different lies around the green also need more attention as to how the club might respond to the grass and how the ball will come off the face.
ELEVATE YOUR STATE
If you can get up close on a couple shots, listen to the exchange between player and caddie. Listen to the communication and nature of what’s being said. The end result will be total commitment to shot and club selection followed by a word of encouragement. Top players understand how doubt and low grade moods can negatively affect their performance. Next time you’re on the course, adopt a “commit” and “go get ‘em” attitude and you’ll be in better position to play your best golf!
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Today’s athletes understand how better nutrition can lead to lower scores. You’ll see plenty of water being consumed out there and snacking every few holes. The most educated players will supplement their hydration with whole, natural foods such as high-quality protein, fruit and nuts. All of this is prepared away from the course and stuffed in the bag ahead of time. Add a little nutritional pregame preparation to your routine before you head to the course and you’ll be sure to finish strong.
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