The 2013 Masters

I, like many of you, enjoyed watch­ing the 2013 Mas­ters. It was a great win for Adam Scott. I always watch pro­fes­sion­al tour­na­ments look­ing for tips I can apply to my own game. While there are things the pros do that we should not, there are just as many things we can apply to our own games.

Here are some thoughts of mine from the 2013 Mas­ters.

Down­hill putts will break more than uphill putts. How many times did the pros not play enough break on make-able down­hill putts and the ball broke below the hole? I’m not talk­ing about long putts that they were try­ing to lag putt. On those putts the want­ed out­come is leav­ing the ball below the hole to have an uphill putt on their next one. Grant­ed, the greens at Augus­ta were insane­ly fast, espe­cial­ly on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, but to see pro­fes­sion­al golfers con­tin­u­al­ly not play enough break  on putts they were try­ing to hole was inter­est­ing. It serves as a great reminder for high hand­i­cap and begin­ner golfers who gen­er­al­ly do not play enough break to begin with. While the greens will not be as fast as a pro­fes­sion­al event, remem­ber that down­hill putts will take more break than uphill ones.

On Sun­day, as a steady rain fell, the greens became con­sis­tent­ly slow­er. Many pros were slow to adjust and putt after putt came up short of the hole. This brought a cou­ple of thoughts to mind. First, I was some­what sur­prised how long it took some pros to adjust. Sec­ond, it remind­ed me of the say­ing that you won’t make a putt that doesn’t reach the cup. Again, I’m not talk­ing about the times when lag putting the ball up to the hole was the best approach. Rather I’m talk­ing of the times where the pros were expect­ing to make the putt. There were sev­er­al putts on Sun­day that were a rev­o­lu­tion or two from going in the hole. Who can say how that affect­ed the out­come. Adam Scott had it fig­ured out by the time he reached the 18th hole and the play­offs sink­ing the two biggest putts of his career. When you have a putt you are expect­ing to sink, make sure you get it to the hole.

Final­ly, the sports­man­ship between Adam Scott and Angel Cabr­era was enjoy­able to watch. I’m sure the fact that they were team­mates on the 2009 President’s Cup team and con­sid­er them­selves friends had some­thing to do with it. More so I believe it points to the out­stand­ing char­ac­ter of these two com­peti­tors. Take a cue from Adam Scott and Angel Cabr­era the next time you’re com­pet­ing in your flight of your club cham­pi­onship or in your week­ly league. Com­pete hard but main­tain the utmost respect for your com­peti­tor, win or lose.

I plan on post­ing my obser­va­tions on oth­er tour­na­ments as the sea­son pro­gress­es. There is always some­thing to learn from watch­ing the best golfers in the world.

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