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

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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 influenced my swing tremendously over…

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#TOMSTIPS: TWO KEYS FOR SHORT PUTTS

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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 of them. First, try to…

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#TOMSTIPS: PRACTICE WITH YOU FEET TOGETHER

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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 hitting thousands of practice balls…

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#TOMSTIPS: MAKE A DECISIVE STROKE

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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 going in the hole. Start…

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#TOMSTIPS: LEARN TO SHAKE OFF BAD SHOTS

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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 par-5 16th hole into the…

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#TOMSTIPS: KNOW YOUR COURSE YARDAGE

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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 the enjoyment factor. This would…

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