4 Shots that Tame Au­gusta (and Work Ev­ery­where)

4 shots you need to win at au­gusta (and any­where)

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY BROOKS KOEPKA

A lot of peo­ple have told me my game re­ally suits Au­gusta Na­tional. I’d like to agree. The first time I played there, on the eve of my first Masters, in 2015, I loved it. It’s such a spe­cial place, and the course teaches you some­thing new each time you play it. My re­sults so far have been fair, fin­ish­ing T-33 as a rookie and T-21 last year, but I’m op­ti­mistic about this year. I’m healthy again, and I feel like I fi­nally have all the shots you need to play Au­gusta well. The way I count, there are four. Here I’ll show you how to hit them. Of course, know­ing the right shots to prac­tice and do­ing the work is only half the equa­tion. The other half? Con­trol­ling emo­tions. When we ar­rive at Au­gusta Na­tional each April, it’s been eight or nine months since we played in our last ma­jor, the PGA Cham­pi­onship. Guys are ready to go, and many put so much pres­sure on them­selves that it’s hard to play like they should. That’s an im­por­tant les­son for any golfer. What­ever round feels like your Masters, tamp the adren­a­line. Do what­ever it takes to stay cool. Once you’re re­laxed, th­ese four shots will help you play great any­where. And if you ever land the in­vite to ANGC, you’ll be es­pe­cially well pre­pared. —WITH MAX ADLER

Pho­to­graphs by Dom Furore

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