Tom’s Tips

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#TOMSTIPS: WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM SAM’S SILKY SWING

The first time I went to the Masters, my father told me, “Sit in the bleachers behind the practice area and watch Sam Snead swing.” It was great advice. Sam…

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#TOMSTIPS: TWO KEYS FOR SHORT PUTTS

Make center contact, and keep your head down. Short putts are all too easy to miss, at any level of the game. But two simple things can help you make more…

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#TOMSTIPS: PRACTICE WITH YOU FEET TOGETHER

Kenny Perry gave me a refresher on an old and very good drill. I’ve started doing it again myself. He was talking about how he developed his excellent balance by…

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#TOMSTIPS: MAKE A DECISIVE STROKE

Good putting requires complete conviction. Here’s a simple drill to inspire confidence for holing more putts. It’s also a good lesson for beginners to get a feel for the ball…

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#TOMSTIPS: LEARN TO SHAKE OFF BAD SHOTS

Expect some misses, and don’t get derailed: I was leading the 2003 Jeld-Wen Tradition—a major on the Champions Tour—in the last round when I hit my second shot on the…

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#TOMSTIPS: KNOW YOUR COURSE YARDAGE

Pick tees that give you irons into the greens. Many golfers play from tees that make the course too long. It might be a challenge, but they miss out on…

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#TOMSTIPS: HOW TO SEE THE LINE

Get low and keep your eyes level on long putts. Have you ever had the feeling you’re going to make a long putt—and then made it? I knew I was…

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#TOMSTIPS: HOW TO CHIP UPHILL

Here’s a shot we see on tour and you face in weekend play. A ball lies on an upslope near the green, in fringe grass. In the U.S. Open, it…

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#TOMSTIPS: FIND MORE FAIRWAYS

Go with your natural shot shape whenever possible. Some people say you should curve your tee shot to match the direction a hole turns, like playing a draw on a…

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#TOMSTIPS: DON’T REACH FOR THE BALL

At address, let your arms hang freely. I see amateurs all the time standing so far from the ball that they have to reach for it. They grip the club and…

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