Lesson Learned

Match play uses the same skill set as stroke play, but an entirely different set of strategies. Because you're playing against an opponent instead of the entire field, it's almost like chess on grass.
Rose tip: Create a tension-free swing
When every part of your game is working, like it was for Justin Rose this week at the Zurich Classic, it's not hard to get "in the zone." What's harder is staying there.
26 Apr 2015 - 8:37pm - 0 Comments
Furyk's lesson: It's his game, not his swing
Jim Furyk's unorthodox swing may not be particularly "pretty" when compared to a classic swing: the likes of, say, a Bobby Jones or a Ben Hogan. But here's the thing -- it's been pretty effective for Furyk, who won Sunday's RBC Heritage playoff at Harbour Town.
19 Apr 2015 - 8:12pm - 0 Comments
A daily golf swing routine when bad weather hits
Looking for a good drill to retain that muscle memory when the weather turns bad? Follow the lead of baseball players in the on-deck circle.
1 Dec 2014 - 1:33pm - 0 Comments
Four tips for hitting it clean from a tight hardpan lie
Cooler temperatures aren't the only thing golfers face during the winter months. Grass goes dormant in most locales, which means there's less material between the ball and ground. That results in a lot of tight lies, and if it's been a dry winter, hardpan as well.
24 Nov 2014 - 11:21am - 0 Comments
Three tips for hitting the perfect bump-and-run shot
Need to chip the ball from off the green? If your course features large greens and ample run-up areas, don't automatically reach for the wedge. Instead, here are three tips to perfect the bump-and-run shot, which will get your ball down and running more quickly.
17 Nov 2014 - 10:15am - 0 Comments
Five tips to escape greenside bunkers
We saw an example of beautiful bunker play in the final round of the HSBC Champions by Bubba Watson, who holed out from a bunker near the final green for an eagle and a spot in a playoff.
9 Nov 2014 - 7:28pm - 0 Comments
Five warm-up tips on cool golf days
Your high school P.E. coach was right: Before you do any athletic activity -- especially golf -- it's always best to loosen your muscles and joints with warm-up exercises. That's even more critical on cooler days.
4 Nov 2014 - 10:32am - 0 Comments
Three tips to improve your half-swing shots
When PGA Tour professionals get into an "in between" yardage situation, they can rely on two things: knowing the exact distance of each of their wedges and hours of practice on the range.
28 Oct 2014 - 10:44am - 0 Comments
Four tips to help you make more putts
Why do professional golfers wind up with far fewer three putts than amateurs? Hours and hours of practice, for one thing. But it's also due to better putting fundamentals, particularly being able to consistently repeat the same motion.
20 Oct 2014 - 1:59pm - 0 Comments
Don't let a tough hole mess with your mind
If the most important rule of golf is "play it where it lies," then the most important unofficial rule of golf is "stuff happens." A bad lie, a bad break, a bad swing, a bad putt.
9 Sep 2014 - 10:24am - 0 Comments
In trouble off the tee? Don't make matters worse
As golf fans, we're accustomed to see professionals pull off "miracle shots" from almost impossible lies, like Bubba Watson's hooked wedge shot from the pine straw on the 10th hole at Augusta that led to his Masters win in 2012.
18 Aug 2014 - 2:55pm - 0 Comments
How to stay sharp when facing a long delay
On Sunday at the Memorial, Kevin Na shot the best round of the day -- an 8-under 64. But after sitting and waiting for nearly two hours to find out that he had earned a spot in a playoff, Na hit his first ball into the water.
3 Jun 2014 - 7:41am - 0 Comments
Tips on playing with frustrated or slow partners
Until his victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship, Colin Montgomerie had never won an official tournament in the United States. Some of that was bad luck. Some of it was bad golf. But Montgomerie admits sometimes he's let his emotions get the best of him.
27 May 2014 - 8:50am - 0 Comments
What you can learn from LPGA pro's tempo
The LPGA Tour is experiencing an explosion of young, talented golfers with impeccable, controlled swings. The women who are winning tournaments this season have impressive rhythm and tempo -- and it's something amateur golfers should strive for when they play, too.
19 May 2014 - 1:12pm - 0 Comments
Got a good round going? Stay in the moment
Martin Kaymer was nearly perfect for the first 14 holes of Sunday's final round of the Players Championship. Then, after a 90-minute weather delay, he did what all of us have a tendency to do -- he started overthinking things, which got him completely out of his game.
12 May 2014 - 9:02am - 0 Comments
Hit, hold and look: Three steps for holing short putts
Perhaps you play where putts are good "inside the leather." Or the length of putter. Or, based on Sergio Garcia's 17-foot concession in the World Match Play Championship, maybe your "gimme" putts are considerably more liberal.
5 May 2014 - 1:15pm - 0 Comments
Putting tips for windy conditions
It was a key moment in the tournament: Seung-Yul Noh, facing a 14-foot par-saving putt on the 17th hole Sunday to keep his lead at three shots. And compounding matters? A gusty, swirling wind that accentuated TPC Louisiana's undulating greens.
28 Apr 2014 - 3:50pm - 0 Comments
When you're buried in a bunker, let the sand do the work
Matt Kuchar was masterful from the bunkers all day Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links, but none better than the shot he holed on No. 18 for the birdie that won the RBC Heritage. Here's the video of Kuchar's tournament-winning shot:
20 Apr 2014 - 6:07pm - 0 Comments
Your three-step pre-shot routine: Check lie, wind, target
Trying to land a ball precisely and safely on Augusta National's undulating greens while avoiding a watery trip into Rae's Creek is hard enough.
11 Apr 2014 - 10:03pm - 0 Comments