More Than One Way

Silly question: Did you happen to catch the 2-hole playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera at the Masters? Pretty incredible, and congratulations to Adam Scott.

If you did, then you saw on the second hole, both players left their approach shots short, and coincidentally, a few yards from one another. What you also may have noticed are the two distinct shots Adam and Angel hit, from relatively the same spot.

First, Angel hit a medium-high chip that had some bite on it. It still rolled forward a bit (as most chips at Augusta do), but this is basically a chip that flies with a medium-high trajectory, hits the green, hops and checks up quickly. He hit this shot by using a shorter backswing and faster forward-swing, and essentially “picked” the ball off the green with a full body turn. He held the face open, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t release the hands. He did–he just didn’t roll them over. That’s key folks. The release of the wrists and roll of the wrists are two different things.

Adam Scott on the other hand, hit a lower, more traditional chip. This shot flies low and lands soft with some forward roll. He hit this with passive hands and a relatively forward shaft lean at impact. Granted, he came up a little short (just outside of gimme range), but he still hit a great shot and holed the putt.

Point is, play to your strengths, not to what you’re competitor’s strengths are. Stay in your own game (earlier, Adam hit driver when Cabrera hit an iron off the tee), further demonstrating that to win, they had to play their own game and to their own strengths. Don’t feel as though you need to leave your comfort zone to go toe to toe with your competitor. Stick to whatever shots you’re best at playing, and you’ll find yourself more competitive. Simple as that.