Four Key Ways to Win Your Major

Tuesday July 27th, 2010
Leonard Kamsler

It's only one month until your Major. Over the next 30 days you'll need to focus your practice on the four key areas that will determine your success. You'll need to schedule an hour a week for each area—plus time to play—if you want to maximize your chances of winning.

1. UP-AND-DOWN SHOTS
Last month I showed you how to analyze your Major course and decide which short-game shots you'd need the most when you miss greens on your approaches. This month, continue to practice these shortgame plays so you can count on your technique when you need it. This area of practice is absolutely critical.

2. SHORT AND LAG PUTTING
You can't win if you don't putt well, and that means rolling your lag putts close to avoid three-putts and converting on a good percentage from inside 10 feet. I know you can't make them all, but in the tournament you need to be comfortable over your short putts. This means spending at least one hour each week rolling short putts.

3. ACCURATE DRIVING
Spend an hour each week hitting drives on the range, finishing in balance on each swing. Don't try to kill it—throttle back so that so that the ball travels only 90 percent of your typical big-hit distance, but still accelerate through to a complete finish. Notice how swinging at 90 percent gives you a tighter dispersion pattern. Once you recognize a consistent pattern, adjust your aim on the course so that you give yourself the best chance to hit the fairway.

4. PLAYING THE COURSE
Play your Major course once a week to put the final tweaks on your game. There's a meaningful difference between playing a course you know well and playing it for the first time or two. If you can't play it that often, try to get at least two rounds in, accompanied by a 30-minute practice session after each round to work on the shot (or shots) that cost you strokes during the round.

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