PGA Tour golfers give advice to help amateurs

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What Tour Pros Think About ... Putter shapes, hard fairways and the ball you play Jerry Kelly Hero stuff: Two-time Tour winner Do you prefer a mallet putter or a blade? Last season I changed back to a classic blade to try to make something happen, and it's working. It has a wider flange to add a little extra weight. Does it matter what ball a 15- handicapper plays? Absolutely. If they play a ball that's too hard, they won't be able to spin it or get any trajectory. Use a ball that is soft enough to match your swing speed. What's the key to hitting off rockhard fairways? If I try to sweep the ball off firm ground, I tend to thin it. Don't be afraid to hit down as hard as you can on it. Be positive and don't quit on the shot.
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Henrik Stenson Hero stuff: 2007 Accenture Match Play champion Do you prefer a mallet putter or a blade? Mallet. It's not that I dislike blades; it comes down to the look, feel and how comfortable you are with it. When you find a putter you like, stick with it. Does it matter what ball a 15- handicapper plays? Yes. Just like you need the right shaft flex, you should find a ball that suits your game. Stick to softer balls if you're looking for more feel, but try all kinds. What's the key to hitting off rockhard fairways? Pros like firm turf because you can get a crisp connection. The key is being confident you can hit the ball first so you don't double bounce the club.
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Retief Goosen Hero stuff: Two-time U.S. Open champion Do you prefer a mallet putter or a blade? I'm a blade fan — about 90 percent of the time, anyway. I don't use lines on my putter like a lot of guys who use mallets. They're confusing and get in the way of my stroke. Does it matter what ball a 15- handicapper plays? No. Some good amateurs could benefit from being fussy about their balls, but for the majority, just hit whatever you get your hands on. Free balls are the best. What's the key to hitting off rockhard fairways? Tight fairway shots are difficult, especially with shorter clubs. Amateurs always seem to try to pick it. Instead, you need to hit down on the ball. But don't bury it!