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Method | Chipping

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of LINKS.

Mike Adams and T.J. Tomasi 1998

The stroke for playing the basic chip shot is short, and you shouldn’t be all that concerned with generating power. A chip shot is about control, so gain maximum control over the club by choking down as much as is practical on the club—to the point where it is almost putter length.

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Method | Bunker Play

Appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of LINKS.

Seve Ballesteros  1988

A common mistake of amateurs in bunkers is getting “ball-bound”—focusing so intently on the ball that they become tense to the point of being unable to swing fluidly. The strategy that best helps me stay loose is to consciously focus and keep my eyes on the point where I want the club to enter the sand, once I’ve assessed its consistency by wriggling in my feet.

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Method | Long Putting

Dave Pelz  2012
To avoid three-putting long putts, golfers need to: (1) have their “touch” on high alert, (2) carefully observe the last five feet of their first putt’s roll to see how it breaks, and (3) stay positive and focused when the winds of the golf gods unexpectedly give them a second putt that is longer than they deserve. This is important, because three-putts often do more than waste one stroke: They can demoralize and anger a golfer, and often trigger disasters on subsequent holes. Putting Games

Annika Sorenstam  2004
I divide every long putt into two segments, walking halfway to the hole and making practice strokes from there while looking from the ball to the hole.

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Method | Course Management

This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of LINKS.

Peter Alliss 1984
Using a three-quarter swing as preached by Open champion Henry Cotton, there were days that I felt I’d never again miss a green with a 4-iron. It all seemed so much easier if I didn’t lash at the ball and thought much less about how far I could hit and a lot more about compiling a score and keeping the bad shots out of a round.

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