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Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Handful of Helpful Quotes

Sometimes a short thought is more helpful than a long explanation. So today I have five short quotes from famous players of the past.

Let's start with James Braid. Braid was a member of the "Great Triumvirate" with Harry Vardon and John Henry Taylor. He won the Open Championship FIVE times and designed over 200 golf courses. You could say he knew a little about golf.
"When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls."
I like that one! It's pretty self-explanatory. You can't afford to be short when hitting over a water hazard.

Here are two from Bobby Jones -- you already know who he is. First:
"Many shots are spoiled at the last instant by efforts to add a few more yards. This impedes rather than aids the stroke."
Trying to help the ball up at the last minute tends to prevent solid contact and mess up an otherwise good shot. And second:
"The inexperienced player is always more likely to choose a club because of the number on it rather than because of what he can do with it."
Your club choices should be based on whether the club can do what you need. Just because you hit your 8-iron 130 yards doesn't mean you can do that from this lie.

Here's a neat one from Arnold Palmer.
"If you are in the woods, don't act like a seamstress. Your job is not to thread needles but to get the ball back in the fairway."
Again, self-explanatory. If you get in trouble and you don't have a clear shot to the green, chip back into the fairway.

One last one, this one from short game guru Raymond Floyd.
"In many ways, the pitch shot is the scoring shot in golf. To a master of the pitch, there's no pin that isn't accessible."
He's not talking about chip shots that roll along the ground. He's talking about those short shots you fly toward the hole. Learn to get the ball up in the air so it will land softly, and there won't be many pins you can't attack.

And there you have it -- five brief nuggets of golfing wisdom. I'd be surprised if you didn't get some help from at least one of them!

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