This week, the Masters takes the spotlight in the sports world. After the high-pitched, fast-paced excitement of the NCAA, it’s only fitting that this weekend will be dedicated to watching a game where the time between shots amounts to minutes rather than seconds.
Although the pace might be slower, the competition is just as fierce. The pressure builds on each consecutive hole, and it’s always fun when the game comes down to the wire. This year we’ll be watching to see who rises from the pack, which includes some old familiar names in golf as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hit the course, as well as the newer names are sure to make a big impact like Jordan Spieth and Roy McIlory.
No matter which golfer you follow, you can benefit from watching The Masters in ways beyond just finding hours of enjoyment. Watching golf on TV can actually help improve your own golf game in a few different ways.
See how the pros handle pressure. Just as your parents told you when you were a kid, nobody’s perfect. Not even professional golfers in the PGA. You’re sure to see some of the greatest golfers in the world hit a shot that lands in the sand trap or hooks to the right. Where the professional difference comes into play is how they handle the situation. Rather than getting angry and letting the stress affect the rest of their game, they understand that a bad shot here and there is part of the game, and they work to find a way to make the best of a bad situation.
Watch their swing. These guys spend hours each day practicing, so of course their swing is in top shape. Watch for the differences in their swing between these three types of clubs: driver, wedge and putter. A professional will come at each club with a different technique. But there is one thing that remains the same no matter what club they’re using, and that’s confidence in their approach.
Pay attention to how the pros manage the course. As the golfer prepares to make a shot, look at the course and think about where you would try to make the ball lie, and then see where their shot goes. Compare the two, and think about the difference and how their lie helps set up the next shot. The more you do this, the more you’ll find your placement coming closer to the professionals’, which will help you manager your own golf game when you’re out on the course.
If you don’t happen to have tickets to this year’s Masters tournament, we have a couple of ways you can enjoy the experience beyond watching it on TV. Get a first-hand view into the Masters from Stuart Burkhalter, an attorney and writer from Nashville, Tennessee, who had the opportunity to go to the Masters and write about it in 2015 for Jeans & Ties.
Then come enjoy the game with your friends at our Masters Cocktail Party, this Saturday, April 7. It’s not only a great way to kick off the spring golf season, it’s a way to keep up with multiple golfers as once on the TVs tuned to the tournament throughout the dining room and bar areas. From 4:00 on, enjoy a full bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a fun dessert station. Put on your Masters’ green and be sure to come hungry!