Water pressure


Nursing a one-shot lead on the 72nd hole of regulation in Sunday’s Honda Classic, Y.E. Yang laid up on the par-5 but still faced a nail-biting approach shot into a green surrounded by water. Yang hit his approach farther from the flag than he intended, but still found dry land and two-putted from 50 feet for his first victory on the PGA Tour.
Water is everywhere on PGA National’s Champion Course (26 water hazards in all), and will make even the best players in the world a little squeamish. More often than not, however, they manage to keep the ball safe. The average golfer does not. The mere presence of water is hazardous to their health. Here are a few tips designed to keep your ball dry:
No. 1, remove the word “don’t” from your vocabulary. If your last thought before taking the club back is, “I don’t want to go left” or “I don’t want to miss short,” then guess what, you’re probably going to wind up left or short, and in the drink. Acknowledge the possibility that you “can” hit a good shot, and go about the business of executing that shot. Always make your last thought a positive one.
Secondly, pick the highest target you can. The farther up a tree you look the less likely you are to see water. If the flag is the highest target you can shoot for, focus on the top of the stick, not the bottom. When you’re on the driving range, make it a practice to pick out high targets.
And finally, make sure you complete both sides of your swing. Most nervous swings result in an incomplete backswing or follow-through and a wet ball. Swing back and through all the way and you have a much better chance of making solid contact.