We are once again counting down to the legendary RBC Heritage Tournament on Hilton Head Island.
Just like every year, I can’t wait! As a sort of follow-up to last month’s tips from golfing greats, I wanted to share what I’ve learned from watching the world’s best golfers compete in one of my favorite events.
1. Lee Trevino
talks to himself on the golf course. When I played golf with him, I often didn’t know if he was talking to me, or his caddy, or if he was just thinking out loud! Why does he do this? It relaxes him, and staying relaxed can help keep you out of your head and in the game. My suggestion is to know yourself, and lean into whatever keeps you loose and limber for your best performance.
2. Jordan Spieth
long putts with his eye on the ball, but he short putts with his eye on the cup. Why? When you putt with your eyes on the cup, you tend to think less than when your eyes are on the ball.
3. Justin Thomas
keeps his feet moving. Why? When he tried to keep his feet on the ground, his performance was thrown off! For weighing 165 lbs, he drives the ball a long way, and the outsized movement of his feet apparently helps keep him among the Top 5 Golfers in the World!
4. Jack Nicklaus
was famous for saying that learning to putt correctly was key to improving your driving. Why? Because if you learn to release the putter head, you will do better at trusting and releasing the driver head, which will result in more distance and better accuracy. Then, after making your putt, you will head to the next hole with confidence.
Learning how to play good golf can teach you so much about yourself, and learning about yourself can go a long way toward enhancing your game. It’s a win-win! Come see me to get the most out of your time on the green.
By Doug Weaver, Director of Instruction, Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy
Carolina’s PGA Teacher of the Year, Doug Weaver is the Director of Instruction at the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy. He conducts “Where Does the Power Come From?” a free interactive clinic and demonstration every Monday from 4-5 p.m. at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. Volunteer for a free lesson and some will win prizes! For more information, call (866) 455-6890 or go to www.palmettodunes.com.