Major Performance Keys

By David BreslowAugust 10, 2005, 4:00 pm
The 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey offers up some tantalizing possibilities for golf fans.
 
First of all, it is the final major of the year 2005 and many golfers are looking to end the Major Season on a high note. Can Phil Mickelson return to the top of the leader board? Can Sergio Garcia have a break through tournament? Will Kenny Perry and others rise up to put a charge on the leaderboard?
 
To add to this, we have the resurrection of Tiger Woods who has, oh by the way, won the British Open, The Masters and finished second in the U.S. Open. In major events his shot making, fierceness and tenacity are still up to the highest levels. Of course, defending champion Vijay Singh is playing terrific golf and doing it on a consistent basis and along with Tiger are the only two golfers who have finished in the top 10 in all three majors this year.
 
However, as is usual in the worlds majors, it is the golf course that is so often the story. Major Golf events have a very different feel to them and this year and Baltusrol will be no different. It is a long (7,376 yards) golf course with very narrow fairways which measure up to 25 ' 30 yards in width.
 
The winner of the 2005 PGA Championship will have to be strong mentally, physically and emotionally. Of course, these three elements ALWAYS work together and when they are in synch we will see some great golf.

Here are some of the Performance keys I believe will be important this week:
 
1. Accuracy off the tee
As in most major events, it is crucial to keep the ball in play off the tee. With narrower fairways and tougher rough accuracy off the tee will be a key factor in scoring. This requires a steady mind, steady emotions and the ability to maintain great rhythm and trust in the golf swing.
 
2. Driving distance
This course does favor the long ball strikers because of its length but distance cannot be sacrificed for accuracy. It will be a strong test of each players ability to make the right decision at the proper time and balance the fine line between distance and accuracy.
 
3. Patience
This word is appropriate for any golf tournament but especially so in major events. Scores can change quickly because of the golf course and players have to be able to let go of poor shots and poor holes to avoid any negative effects on their game. This is where the ability to see the bigger picture comes in handy. A golf tournament is a journey and if looked at in the proper perspective; every journey has its ups and downs, highlights and lowlights.
 
4. Consistency
Steady and strong is the watch phrase in the 2005 PGA Championship. The mental game is crucial in this respect in terms of keeping the mind focused and clear, allowing emotions to flow in a steady stream and maintaining a steady rhythm to the golf swing. Consistent play is a result of generating consistent thoughts and feelings that propel you to create your best rhythm time after time. In a major event this process is crucial.
 
The 2005 PGA Championship has the potential to be a terrific display of golfs best shot making and a competition that brings head to head battles right down to the wire!
 
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