Jack Nick­laus

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Play­ing dou­ble doglegs

Ial­ways ar­rived early for ma­jors. Guys who came in tour­na­ment week in­evitably would be over­whelmed by the deep­ness of the rough or the firm­ness of the greens. I’d al­ready be ac­cli­ma­tized to the con­di­tions, so all I had to worry about was my golf. Pre­par­ing helps you re­lax.

This sum­mer the U.S. Open was at a new venue, Erin Hills, a Wis­con­sin course built in 2006 that most of the field hasn’t seen. Jor­dan Spi­eth and some of his co­horts played the U.S. Amateur there in 2011, but most ev­ery­one else will be learn­ing it from scratch. I’ve yet to play it, but one hole I’m told should get at­ten­tion is the par-4 12th (il­lus­trated). Its fair­way bends to the right and back to the left, like a ques­tion mark. A dou­ble dog­leg like this is a per­fect ex­am­ple of a hole the USGA—or your tour­na­ment com­mit­tee—can con­trol to play any way they fancy. So you need to pre­pare for all the ways it might be set up. You can be ag­gres­sive and take a straight path, or fol­low the cur­va­ture of the fair­way.

“What to do when a fair­way turns twice.”

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