Trent Wearner - The tee-ball game

By Trent WearnerDecember 14, 2010, 1:49 am

Trent Wearner, a PGA teaching professional from Colorado, believes the ability to transfer the game you practice to the golf course must be done through competitive practice games that create pressure through the use of a scoring system, or competition. In this series, Wearner explains how a simple putting game that focuses purely on distance control can increase your feel on the putting green, and ultimately make you a better putter.

Tee-ball

Overview:

The more precise your touch and feel for the speed of the putting green, the better. This challenging game will hone your feel and test your ability to focus.

Your intent is to roll each putt to the chosen tee without hitting it too far or too short – to see how far away your target is and stick with your intention by learning how to feel the distance. For those in cold climates, this is a great game to play inside this winter if you have some floor surface that resembles the speed of a green.


Trent Wearner - Tee-ball putting gameGame:

• Place seven tees in the green in a straight line, 2 feet apart.

• Putt from a distance of around 20 feet and begin by aiming for the second tee. Your putt should hit the tee or come to rest, distance-wise, between the first and third tees.

• After succeeding proceed to aim at the third tee. As you intend to roll the ball to that tee (assuming it doesn’t hit the tee), it should stop between the second and fourth tees.

• Continue until you’ve successfully completed the same process with the fourth, fifth and sixth tees in the group. You can always move closer if you’re struggling, and further away as you see consistent success.

The lesson:

Play the game with just one golf ball. Using one ball will make you go through your routine, focus more effectively and consequently become a more disciplined putter. Having to retrieve it yourself just makes for more motivation to do it right the first time.

This is often true on the golf course as well. People hurry through their routines and, in doing so, miss more putts. If you feel a need to hurry, hurry between shots and always be prepared to be ready when it’s your turn. But when you are finally preparing to hit your putt, take the time to go through your routine the same way every time. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


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“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


Full-field scores from the Travelers Championship

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.