SITUATION 2The Approach You Need to Stick Close
Make a big backswing turn to knock it stiff
When I Needed It
At the 2008 Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson and I were playing Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson. On 15, with Phil out of the hole and Karlsson in close, I knew I needed to hit my wedge tight and make birdie for the halve. I trusted what I was doing, hit it close, made birdie and kept the match all square.
How You Can Do It
Once you've picked your target and committed to the shot, make a big backswing turn while keeping your right elbow in. Don't fret over mechanics. When you're playing, it's about feeling the shot. Have one thought for me, it's "Make a big turn, then get to my left side."
My Pressure Approach-Shot Key
If you struggle with accuracy on your iron shots, try to keep your right elbow in during your backswing. This will help you feel connected and stay centered over the ball so you can make perfect contact with the ball under pressure.