Top 10 Tips To Win The Masters

Not anyone can win golf’s greatest major. Here are the Top 10 things to look for as we wait to crown this year’s Masters champion!

#10 Believe You Can Win

Jack Nicklaus once said it was easier to win a Major than a regular event, because in a Major only 10% of the field believes they can win. A lot of players next week will feel lucky to be there and be part of the experience. Some will hope to do well and others will try to compete. Only a few are showing up thinking green jacket or bust!

#9 Plan Ahead

Players serious about winning the big one will begin tuning their game for specific shots months in advance. A number of holes require meticulously planned specialty shots, such as the booming draw required from the tee at the Par 5 13th to get in position to make a run at Eagle down the stretch. Failure to pull this one off and you’ll be possibly punching out from the pine straw and losing a shot to the field.

#8 Handle Your Business

For a successful outing at the Masters, the players also must be able to handle all that surrounds the event itself. From the exciting drive down Magnolia Lane, the ceremonial tournament start, massive media presence and intensified fan attention, it’s easy to get caught up in the “bigness” that is Augusta. Although some players will act like fans themselves taking in every bit of the spectacle, the winner will arrive with only one focus in mind. Slipping on the green jacket and cementing his place in history.

#7 Hit It Deep

To get it around Augusta it certainly helps to have some firepower, as in most cases distance trumps accuracy off the tee. With no rough from a traditional sense and par 4′s that can stretch over 500 yards like the daunting 11th, the winner will likely be able to deliver some heat.

Some people are born to be great. Some people learn to be great….and others have greatness thrust upon them.

#6 Dominate Distance

Augusta National is one of the most deceiving courses to watch on TV, as slopes and wild elevation changes simply don’t translate with proper impact to the viewing audience.

Those who witness the event in person, understand that although some greens may appear to be substantial in size, the players must in many cases land the ball in an area no larger than a bed sheet to have any chance of getting the ball close to the hole. Next week’s winner will have to be a master of distance control playing into the greens. Anything less than excellence in this area will make for a long 2-4 days in Augusta.

#5 Catch A Break

Augusta National is just too darn hard to get around unscathed. Somewhere down the line the winner is going to have to catch a break, just like Fred Couples did in 1992. On the Par 3 12th hole Couples ball inexplicably held itself on the steep bank short of the green when all others fell prey to Rae’s Creek. As always in a Major, skill will win out, but in an event as special as the Masters a gift from the Gods doesn’t hurt.

#4 Make Clutch Comebacks

With the slick and treacherous nature of the putting surfaces at Augusta, a birdie opportunity can turn into bogey faster than you can say “Mint Julep!” No other tournament on earth forces you to make more 6 footers for par than the Masters. This week’s winner will most certainly have to be the “Comeback Kid.”

#3 Know Some Secrets

Rarely does a newcomer take home the green jacket. One reason is what you see isn’t always what you get. In order to win the big one, you’ve got to know a few secrets. When Jack Nicklaus won in 1986 for a record sixth time, he made a number of difficult putts. On one particular putt, he guessed right, when the rest of the field saw the ball going another way. When asked about the putt, he replied, “I had that same putt 15 years ago and I knew it didn’t break that way.”

#2 Stay In The Present

No tournament can change your life forever like winning the Masters. The winner claims golf’s most exciting Major and gets to make the pilgrimage to Augusta for life. In order to close the deal, the winner is going to have to be able to stay in the present and handle one shot at a time. It’s a marathon out there and thinking about slipping just one arm into the green jacket prematurely will surely derail any good run at the title.

#1 Rise To The Occasion

Jack Nicklaus once recited Shakespeare in saying, “Some people are born to be great. Some people learn to be great….and others have greatness thrust upon them.”

One can only guess who the winner will be this week. It’s the Masters, so expect something amazing to happen!

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