Lesson Learned

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.
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
Lesson Learned: Short game in the rain
Not everybody has the short-game touch of a Matt Jones, who chipped in from more than 40 yards out Sunday to win a rainy Shell Houston Open playoff against Matt Kuchar.
6 Apr 2014 - 7:24pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Hitting long putts
With some of the higher scores shot this week at the WGC - Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral, I know there are a number of golfers out there who say it's fun to see the top players hitting shots like we all do.
9 Mar 2014 - 11:43pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Draw it for distance
This year's Honda Classic had seemingly more wrecks then a NASCAR race, but it sure was interesting to watch. Congratulations to Russell Henley for surviving - and thriving when it mattered most - to win this year's championship.
3 Mar 2014 - 10:28am - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Match Play Strategies
The old adage is to always expect your opponent to make the shot in match play. I think we saw plenty of that this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
23 Feb 2014 - 11:19pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Bunker shots made easy
Once again, the Northern Trust Open proved to be one of the best stops on the PGA Tour. Bubba Watson had an amazing weekend of golf (final 39 holes with zero bogeys!) and a final round 64 ton win by two. That's strong.
16 Feb 2014 - 10:09pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Good golf in bad weather
You can't write anything about this week's golf at Pebble Beach, even a golf instruction article, without acknowledging Jimmy Walker and the amazing run he is on right now. Three wins on the season, three wins in only eight starts. The first three wins on the PGA Tour of his career.
9 Feb 2014 - 10:05pm - 0 Comments
Preparing for Pressure A Lesson Learned
The Waste Management Phoenix Open set attendance records this past week with over 580,000 people attending - they had over 180,000 people there on Saturday alone.
3 Feb 2014 - 12:28am - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Reading comprehension
Torrey Pines is a tremendous venue, everyone who watched one shot of the golf this past weekend understands how beautiful, impressive and difficult it is.
26 Jan 2014 - 7:55pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Playing in the wind
I love watching the PGA Tour in Hawaii. Even though the season technically started a few months ago, seeing the world's best players against the Hawaiian backdrop still signals to me the start of a new golf season.
12 Jan 2014 - 10:01pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Short Game means Big Results
In what's become somewhat of a tradition for me, I am writing "A Lesson Learned" for the Tournament of Champions event at Kapalua.
6 Jan 2014 - 10:50pm - 0 Comments
A Lesson Learned: Take a divot
Even before I knew I would be writing this week's "A Lesson Learned", I was excited about the Deutsche Bank Championship.
2 Sep 2013 - 9:33pm - 3 Comments