What's YOUR Major?

Phil Mickelson (here at the '04 Masters) is one of nine major winners I've worked with. You can be next.
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Over the last 30 years I've walked many major championship courses with dozens of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, coaching and trying to help them prepare for their majors. I'm very fortunate to have been successful with nine of these golfers, who between them have claimed a total of 17 major titles. Each of these victories has its own story, both in the way each player prepared for the event and, more important, in what I learned from those incredible experiences.

My goal now is to take that knowledge and apply it to some of my most important students: Golf Magazine's readers.

While you may never get the chance to vie for a Green Jacket or tee it up at Pebble Beach during U.S. Open week, you certainly have at least one event circled on your calendar that you're dying to win. This is your personal major, and I'd like to help you win it using the type of advice I lend my more famous students.

My question to you is: What's your major? What's the most important tournament you'll play in this year, and why is it so important to you? Those of you who submitted entries earlier this year could win a free three-day session at a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School and a personal lesson from me at your major course to help you prepare for and play your best in your most important tournament of the year. (Contest rules and prizes are detailed below.)

Now, most of you will not win the contest, but that doesn't mean I can't help you, too. Here is my guide to preparing for your major tournament:

Analyze the course to learn how it's going to attack your game, as well as its three primary weaknesses.

Practice lag putting—the key to winning your major.

Learn about two short-game practice options that lead to major success

Learn how to split your practice time equally into four key areas. If you want to play your best this year, let's do the preparation together.\n

Grand Prize Winner
• A preparation session with Dave Pelz on the course where winner's major will be played
• One three-day enrollment in a Dave Pelz Scoring Game School
• Tickets to one of the four majors in 2011
• A set of four Pelz Wedges (custom fit at school)
• One PELZ O-Ball Putter (custom fit at school) plus one dozen O-Balls

Runners-up (4)
• 10-year subscription to Golf Magazine
• One enrollment for one-day Dave Pelz Scoring Game Clinic

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RULES AND PRIZES.

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