With a performance reminiscent of old school Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer destroyed a strong field at the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi. Winning by eight shots, the victory vaults him ahead of Woods into 2nd in the world rankings. The win is his third at this tournament and 9th career victory on the European Tour. Coming off a win last year at the PGA Championship, he has kept the momentum going into 2011 and is playing like the true #1 player in the world.
“There isn’t enough daylight in any one day to practice all the shots you need to practice.”
On the golf course, success can come down to how many shots you are capable of hitting. When you play, it’s you versus the course. The golf course has bunkers, water hazards, trees, hills, undulations, rough, and tricky pin positions. Also, on any given day, you may have to deal with wind, rain, cold, heat, or wet course conditions.
On the course, every shot you’ll need to hit will consist of varying circumstances. The more shots you are capable of hitting, the better you will be. No matter what your skill or experience level, you can always try to learn new shots or improve on specific shots.
Examples of shots to practice:
Putting: short, mid-range, lag, breaking, off fringe
Chipping: with all irons, wedges
Pitching: all wedges
Specialty shots: flop, bladed wedge, wood from fringe
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, from EA Sports, will be available March 29th as reported by golf.com.
The game will feature the voices of David Feherty and Jim Nantz, and you will be able to compete against more than 20 PGA Tour and LPGA professionals, including Zach Johnson, the 2007 champion. Caddies will provide advice on green reading and strategy as players try to capture the green jacket.
EA Sports worked on site at Augusta National and used "state-of-the art laser scanning technology to replicate every hole featured in the game," according to the company. Every detail, from green undulations to azaleas, was captured, according to EA. The game will also let players try to match Tiger Woods's scores in all four of his Masters wins, will allow players in "career mode" to mirror a golfer's rise through the ranks, and will feature 16 courses, including Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, TPC San Antonio, St. Andrews Links and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“If you’ve ever wondered what magic threshold you must cross to become a first-rate player, it’s simple. You must control distance with your irons. You control distance by hitting the ball solidly and varying the length and speed of your swing. If you do that well, you become more precise, which rubs off on your direction, too.”
To become a better golfer, it's very important to know how far you hit clubs in different situations. These situations include:
hitting from the fairway
hitting from the rough
hitting from the bunker
hitting when the ball is above or below your feet
playing with the wind into you, behind you, or from the side
playing in extremely hot or cold conditions
playing in wet and rainy conditions
hitting to an elevated green
hitting downhill to the green
These are just a few examples of situations that arise while playing that can effect how far your shots go. As you improve, you will be able to hit full shots, 1/2 shots, 3/4 shots, knockdown shots, as well as many more.
It can be helpful to take mental note or jot down how far you hit certain clubs in specific situations. This will make it easier the next time a similar shot comes up.
The more you practice various swings in different situations, the better you will become over time and know what shot to hit when you need it.