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How to Make More Birdies

Zach Johnson
Patrik Giordino
Johnson birdied 11 of 16 par 5s at the Masters.
Despite making the Ryder Cup team, at the end of 2006 I wasn't happy with my game. To make sure 2007 was a better season, I called a meeting at the TPC at Sawgrass with my teacher, Mike Bender, my mental coach, Morris Pickens, and my caddie, Damon Green. We identified three key areas to work on: birdie more par 5s, improve my overall iron play, and return my putting to the way it was when I was the No. 1 putter on the Nationwide Tour in 2003.

My improvement in these vital areas spurred my win at the Masters. The recipe for success was a lot of hard work (with Mike and his colleague Ty Krieger) and repetition of simple drills. Over the next five pages, I'll show you how you can get better just like I did.

How to birdie more par 5's
Improve your iron game
Groove your putting
How I birdied the 13th hole on Sunday

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