Lesson Learned

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.
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A Lesson Learned: Playing to your strengths
Mark Wilson capped off an impressive week in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu with a win playing some steady golf.  Tim Clark and Steve Marino were right on his heels until the 18th hole where Wilson made his birdie putt to win by two.  Mark Wilson played sol
17 Jan 2011 - 12:32am - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Hitting a driver off the deck
Congratulations to Jonathan Byrd on opening the 2011 PGA Tour season with a great playoff win.
9 Jan 2011 - 10:43pm - 1 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: J.B. Holmes and the FBR Open
For all of the fair weather golf fans that changed the channel when J.B. Holmes found the hazard on 15, you missed a great finish in the FBR Open.
11 Nov 2010 - 1:36pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Becoming a Pressure Player
Jim Furyk finished with an amazing bunker shot on the 18th hole to win $1.35 million in the Tour Championship at East Lake and an additional $10 million in the FedEx Cup. He was able to handle the pressure that would bring most of us (mere mortals) to tears.
26 Sep 2010 - 9:31pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Turn bad days into big wins
In what has to be one of the most popular wins on the PGA Tour this year, Dustin Johnson won his second event of the year and the Ryder Cup team member is now on the short list for "Player of the Year" honors. Congratulations Dustin on an outstanding week and a job well done.
13 Sep 2010 - 10:50am - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Hoffman's solid bunker play no fluke
Charley Hoffman's pure ball striking and solid putting certainly were key ingredients to Monday's final-round 62 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His 11 birdies clearly helped him run away from the field and vault up the FedExCup point list.
6 Sep 2010 - 10:22pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: The most important shot of a tournament? The next one you're going to hit.
There will be a great deal of attention focused on Martin Laird’s three putt on the 72nd hole, especially that lag putt that ran 7 feet past the hole, or the second putt that never touched the cup.
29 Aug 2010 - 9:05pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Weigh your options, play to your strengths
The PGA Tour dished out another down to the wire, nail biting finish this weekend at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
23 Aug 2010 - 2:10pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: The PGA Championship and knowing the local rules of a course
Following the controversial Sunday at the 92nd PGA Championship, there were many questions about the ruling which penalized Dustin Johnson and kept him out of the playoff for the title.
21 Aug 2010 - 11:13pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Stay true to your strategy
It was fortunate for Hunter Mahan that he made a bunch of key putts down the stretch at Firestone, because several times it looked to like he either didn't have a pre-set strategy to play the final holes, or if he did, he didn't stick with it.
8 Aug 2010 - 11:41pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: What you don't think about when you are going low
The seemingly abundent number of low scores in recent weeks will trigger a flurry of questions from golf fans; most notably, are the players getting better or are the courses getting easier?
1 Aug 2010 - 9:23pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Secret to going low is to Play it Forward
Carl Pettersson did something unusual this week - as you probably already know. Yes, he shot an amazing 60 on Saturday, and then followed it up with a 67 to win the RBC Canadian Open, but that's not what I'm referring to - not exactly.
25 Jul 2010 - 9:17pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: How watching Oosthuizen's win can help your game
Each year when I watch the British Open I am reminded of two extremely important concepts that every golfer should learn and master. First, when around the green, putt when you can. Second, hit down on your woods like you hit down on your irons.
18 Jul 2010 - 11:09pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Steve Stricker shows that the situation matters
It wasn't long after the beginning of the 2010 John Deere Classic that you knew it was going to be a special tournament. After all, most of us thought that we were going to watch a Paul Goydos runaway victory after he posted only the fourth 59 ever shot on the PGA Tour.
12 Jul 2010 - 12:38am - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Breaking out of a putting slump
It was another exciting week for golf, starting with our own Illinois' Mike Small winning his third PGA Professional National Championship, the ladies had an exciting four-person playoff and Justin Rose wins his second tournament (and probably should have been third) in the last six weeks.
4 Jul 2010 - 9:54pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Mickelson's mastery of the pinestraw nets him third green jacket
The shot of the week in this year's Masters (shot of the decades?) was from champion Phil Mickelson; an artful threading of a 6 iron between two trees and over Rae's Creek on the par 5, 13th hole.
1 Jul 2010 - 9:05pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Distance control on your putts from The Travelers Championship
First of all, congratulations to Bubba Watson, a well-deserving champion and classy champion here at this year's Travelers Championship! As always, it's a thrill to be a part of what we here at TPC River Highlands feel is one of the best events in golf (no bias here!).
27 Jun 2010 - 8:30pm - 2 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Making more crucial putts
It's great to see Adam Scott, one of golf's good guys, back on top of his game. Congratulations to him and his win at this past week's Valero Texas Open.
22 Jun 2010 - 9:58pm - 0 Comments
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A Lesson Learned: Proper practice will mean peak performance
I watched this past U.S. Open with great interest and from a variety of perspectives. Like many of you, I watched as a fan. There's few things in the world more entertaining and fascinating than watching the world's best players take on a course like Pebble Beach under U.S.
21 Jun 2010 - 10:28am - 0 Comments