Short Game Golf at the Masters

Spring golf is heralded in today as the first round of golf begins at the 82nd Masters Tournament at The Augusta National Golf Club. It is the only major of the four major professional tournaments to be held at the same course every year. It promises to be full of excitement and drama with 87 invitees representing the best male golfers in the world.

In 2014 Augusta National inaugurated the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, a free nationwide junior skills competition open to boys and girls ages 7-15.

Yesterday, the new chairman of Augusta National, Fred Ridley announced that the club will help to create and host the 54-hole Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in 2019, with the final round played on Saturday, April 6th at Augusta National. The first two rounds will be played at a local club near Augusta.

Augusta National was built on the site of the former Fruitland Nursery which accounts for each hole on the course being named after a tree or shrub. The course was co-designed by Alister MacKenzie, and legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones, the last man to win the grand slam in one year.

The Masters Par-3 nationally televised competition is held the day before the tournament begins on Thursday. It was first held 58 years ago, in 1960, won by three-time Masters Champion Sam Snead on the 9-hole, par 27 course. He also won in 1974, one month shy of his 62nd birthday. Traditionally, the players’ family members dressed in Augusta National jumpsuits caddie for them, and sometimes play some of the shots for them. Yesterday Jack Nicklaus’ 15-year-old grandson Gary hit one tee shot, on the ninth hole, and scored a hole-in-one. Tom Watson who won the contest 36 years ago in 1982 was the overall winner this year.

The short game in golf accounts for more than half of the shots you play. It is the easies and best way to lower your score. Anyone can develop a good short game. You don’t need muscle, flexibility, youth, or nerves of steel. In fact what you do need is the ability to relax.

Around the greens is where the score is made. If you don’t have a dependable short game, you will not be able to recover from missed shots. The resulting emotions of embarrassment and humiliation can erode your self confidence. Playing on a par-3 golf course will help to instill confidence in your short game to recover and bounce back with stroke saving shots.

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