Congratulations to Phil Mickelson for winning the 2013 Open Championship. It is the first time he has won this prestigious tournament and he did it with style. Mickelson is one of the top players in the world and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame….and rightly so!
It is no secret that Phil Mickelson is my favorite golfers. He embodies all the positive aspects of golf and yet is not afraid to speak his mind on issues of importance. His performance at The Open was solid and consistent. He really did not do anything spectacular until the last six holes of the final day. And what an awesome last sic holes! He hung around and hung around; pressing where required and playing safe when needed. There is a lesson in his win for all golfers.
Practice your short game. Mickelson practices 25 yards and closer all the time. That is where real strokes are saved. He is considered one of the best wedge players of all time; so to break 100 work on your short game!
After practicing your short game, practice your putting! Mickelson is a great putter. He is no Steve Stricker, but Mickelson seems to sink the important putts when required; much like his putt on the final hole at Muirfield….simple spectacular!
After conquering your wedges and putting, the next step is the range from 150 to 75 yards. This distance will determine your greens in regulation stat. I believe this is the most important stat in golf. If a player can be putting for birdie eight times out of ten….their scores drop considerably.
Phil Mickelson played great during the Open this year. His steady approach shots, chipping and putting clearly demonstrated where most players should focus their practice time to lower their score.
Phil Mickelson’s quote “A great shot is one that you pull off and a smart shot is the one you hit when you don’t have the guts try it!” I love this quote!
However, as amateurs to break 100 or 90 or 80, it is better to play more smart shots than great shots!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!