I love to watch the professionals play golf, especially in person. Over the next three months, we have a chance to watch the pros in several events.
April 11-13 offers a chance to visit the most breathtaking golf course in the world, Augusta National. If you are fortunate to make the short trip to the Masters, you will experience a setting that will remind you of visiting botanical gardens.
Not only are the grounds beautiful, but it is the best-run tournament in the world. The scoreboards are all over the course and you can keep up with all the leaders. There are plenty of good spots to view this historical tournament.
The next week, April 15-21, brings golf close to home with our own RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. It is second to the Masters as the favorite tournament that the players want to play. They love bringing their families to Hilton Head Island.
This is a great time to bring kids to a professional golf tournament, since their admission is free.
The Women’s U.S. Open is being held at the Country Club of Charleston May 30-June 3. It is the first time the LPGA has played a major in South Carolina since 1962.
Only in person can you really appreciate the players and the course. You can see the elevation changes, the slope on the greens, the sculptured bunkers, the tightness of the fairways, and the length of the rough.
Also, seeing the players in person is a fun experience. Some of the players look much smaller or larger in person than on television. Watching the Women’s tempo lets you know that brute strength is not necessary in golf.
Following are tips for learning from your experience of watching the professionals play:
• Watch their pre-shot routine and notice where it starts, how long it takes, and if it is the same on every shot.
• Notice their conversations with their caddies and what the caddy does to help the pro.
• Pay attention to their swing tempo and if it is consistent with all their clubs.
• Notice how they read the greens and where they look when taking their practice strokes.
• Watch their post-shot reactions.
Watching golf professionals play can help you become a better golfer if you know what to look for.
Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at local courses. firstname.lastname@example.org; golfdoctorjean.com