Hit more greens like Every to shoot better scores


Matt Every took full advantage of a late collapse by Adam Scott on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by one stroke over Keegan Bradley.

Every did it by putting together a solid stretch of birdies in his final round while the rest of the players in contention struggled to get their rounds going.

Typically, in order to make a birdie, you must be able to reach the green in regulation and leave yourself with a makeable putt.

Every was solid down the stretch and the numbers proved it, as he hit 72 percent of his greens in regulation, compared to the Tour average of 64 percent.

Hitting more greens requires a good drive off the tee and then a good approach, usually with an iron.

Follow some of these simple tips to improve your iron play and start hitting more greens:

• Beware of the over-swing. Too often players choose a club that requires them to hit a perfect shot to get maximum yardage to reach their target. This results in miss-hits and the ball coming up short. If you have to swing out of your shoes to make a 7-iron go 150 yards, try hitting a 6-iron and make an easier swing instead.

• Strive for solid contact. If you’re not hitting the ball solid there may be several reasons why. One issue I consistently find with poor ball-striking is the inability for some players to stay in their posture during the swing. Also known as an early extension, or what some players call “lifting up,” can cause you to miss-hit the ball and miss your target. To improve this, focus on your footwork and balance during the swing. Try making a finish focusing on balancing your weight on the heel of the front foot.

• Do your clubs fit? Most players are starting to understand the importance of club fitting. If your irons have the incorrect lie angle for your swing, your shots will travel offline despite making a good golf swing. If a golf club is too long, it becomes more difficult to hit the center of the clubface. Do yourself a favor and get fit by a professional so you can know your equipment is right for you.

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