GARY LEMKE COLUMN: Perfect in practice – GOLF Sports

It became a golf legend that Gary Player coined the phrase, “The harder it is to practice, the better you are.” Gary Remke In the latest issue of A perfect golfer.

An 85-year-old South African takes up the story. “I was practicing in a Texas bunker and this good old boy in a big hat stopped watching. The first shot he saw I hit went into a hole. He “I got $ 50 when I knocked in the following,” he said. I made a hole in the following: Then he says, “If you pierce the next one, you got $ 100.” Three in a row. When he stripped the bill, he said, “Boy, I’ve never seen someone so lucky in my life.” And I counterattacked, “Well, the harder it is to practice, the more lucky you are.” The quote started from there. “

In my accumulation in the Masters, I remembered how much elite players were practicing to reach their level.

With a high handicap that doesn’t hit the range very well, I often explain the lack of warm-up in the practice range. “I don’t want to run out of my good shots,” I say. And generally speaking, even if it’s a hackney line, it helps to break the ice with strangers.

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During the practice round, social media reported that Jon Rahm skipped a 4 iron from the surface of the pond guarding Augusta’s 16th green and saw the ball run up the green and arc into the hole. It bubbled. Not surprisingly. How many balls do humans simply lose when trying to skip a ball on the water?

But that’s the problem. Lahm was second in the world, and of course “Ace” wasn’t completely right because he wasn’t standing in the teabox. Therefore, it was a case that blocked his approach. I was lucky. Even if he tries it 100 more times, he may not understand it correctly. But the mere fact that he can skip the ball on the water with a 5 iron shows his ability. The more he practices it, the luckier he will be.

Well, this may sound obvious, but apart from raw talent, the pure work ethic of professional golfers is what sets them apart from anyone else, including scratch golfers. shock! Horror! Like scratch golfers, they are light-years away from becoming top pros.

One of the favorite emotions an amateur can have is striping the ball in the middle of the fairway. The ball takes a picture of the opponent’s ball as it sails far across the hill. The longest drive is popular on golf days, and “gorillas” come to play among us. When they are in the driving range, they can spend most of their time hitting a bucket of balls with the driver in their hands.

Obviously, that leads to another South African great Bobby Rock comment: “You drive for the show, but putt for the fabric.” Don’t forget that professionals practice 8 hours a day on the green, whether in the gym or outdoors. It’s their daily work. Don’t expect to arrive on Golf Day, as you didn’t hit too many balls before that, and run for the award. Golf doesn’t work that way.

That’s why I was very impressed with what Bryson DeChambeau achieved over the past year. He was hitting a ball speed of 320km / h while practicing the Masters. That’s why he can hit those monster drives in real competition. The Americans are actually exposing his body to so much stress that he knows how it feels when it comes to the real thing. He practices for it. Yes, it may seem lucky to many when he can fly doglegs or drive a 380-yard par 4 green, but to him it’s an extension of what he trains. The harder he practices, the luckier he will be. I’m fine with that.

– GOLF Sports

GARY LEMKE COLUMN: Perfect in practice GARY LEMKE COLUMN: Perfect in practice

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