Four Key Ways to Win Your Major

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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.