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Prepping for a Test of Endurance: Augusta National Golf Club

By Brendon Elliott, PGA
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Collin Morikawa of the United States walks on the 13th hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.Getty Images

Many say that Augusta National is one of the toughest walking tests in golf. What you see on television can hardly do justice in painting a true picture of the elevation changes, the complexity of the greens, and the overall majesty of the property. There is so much to try to balance this week for those in the field as they prepare.
With Tiger remarkably making his comeback this week (a feat that almost seemed impossible even a few short weeks ago) a lot has been made of the idea of his being prepared, physically, to make his way around the course for 72 holes. For many players, being prepared for this tough test is something that is weeks, and even months, in the making.
The Physical
Having the stamina to make it through a week like that the Master’s provides is a necessity. Most tour professionals already have that covered through regular conditioning which is pretty much a requirement for being a world class golfer.
How do you rank your stamina? Could you benefit from incorporating some sort of strength and conditioning program for yourself? Answer these questions to yourself honestly. If you need to start working, get to work and don't stop.
The Mental
As we all know, golf may be one of the most mentally challenging sports that exist. Even during the course of a regular week on the PGA Tour, being in a good frame of mind is undoubtedly a key ingredient to playing well and placing high on the leaderboard.
Now, during the week of a major, and more specifically, this week at The Masters, a potential contender needs to be hyper-focused, confident, and have the ability to navigate the certain ups and downs that the week will provide. Can you say you have the same level of mental preparedness for your own personal Majors? Your club championship, member-guest, AJGA event, or high school match?
Whether you are playing for a green jacket or in a $20 skins game, being prepared goes far beyond the mechanical aspects of the game. Putting some focus in building out a physical and mental training program will benefit you greatly. You can get help with putting that together by contacting your local PGA Professional.
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