Every person that has ever picked up a golf club has questions about the right way to use it. Here are a few tips from Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Stadler and Max Homa, last year’s NCAA Champion, who is playing this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on a sponsor’s exemption.
@PGATOUR what was your biggest "aha" learning moment?— Daryl Witte (@Wittenheimer) February 5, 2014
BRANDT SNEDEKER: I've had two. One was when I was playing with Tiger and one was when I was playing with Phil. The way they are able to get in the right frame of mind is awesome. You can tell that they feel like every shot they are getting ready to hit is going to be their best shot of the day.
They are always in a positive frame of mind and they always seem like they are about to go make seven birdies in a row.
MAX HOMA: For me, it was understanding that every single shot is equally as important as the one either before it or after it. Your first shot of the tournament is just as important as the last one.
JORDAN SPIETH: I had one last year around Colonial. I'd had a few top 10s and gotten my card, but I cooled down for a while. But then I got back to Colonial, a course where I had a lot of pressure because a lot of family and friends were out there. But to get out there and be comfortable all week and play good golf was huge.
That was the moment where I said, "OK, this is not just a good stretch. I have a chance to compete and win week-in and week-out."
@PGATOUR what is the most common swing mistake amateurs make?— Robert Thompson (@rjt120) February 5, 2014
KEVIN STADLER: I would say alignment, a hundred percent. It’s a huge help to just learn how to aim properly.
MAX HOMA: They usually over-swing. They try to hit it a little too hard. When you slow down, you tend to hit it a little straighter and more flush.
@PGATour What's your best tip for leaving a bad shot (or a series of bad shots) behind you, and moving on?— Roxy (@runroxyrun) February 5, 2014
BRANDT SNEDEKER: The best bet is to always have belief that no matter how bad your last shot was, your next one is always going to be a good one. It's all about being in the right frame of mind.
JORDAN SPIETH: It's all about visualization for me. I think before a round you should practice every shot you're able to hit so you can see a positive outcome for each of them. If you're going to need to hook it around a tree, practice that on the range. Once you've seen yourself do it, it's a lot easier to go hit it the next time.
@PGATOUR what's the easiest way to hit a draw?— Michael Keefe (@MAKeefe1119) February 5, 2014
MAX HOMA: The simple answer is to put the ball a little more back in your stance, aim a little further to the right and "swing left." Just feel it releasing and swinging over to those left pins.
@PGATOUR what's the best exercise to promote a strong core?— Anthony J. Barbieri (@ajbarbieri) February 5, 2014
JORDAN SPIETH: There are a lot. If you want to work the sides of your core, it's medicine ball tosses. Planking is also huge. Try to stay in the proper plank posture for a minute. That will get you a good burn and get it activated. Rows or chops are the others. Mix all those up from day to day and you'll be set.
@PGATOUR how would you split your time in a single hour practice session? would split it at all?— Pedro Arias Garrido (@ariaspedro_law) February 5, 2014
KEVIN STADLER: If I only had one hour? I would probably hit balls about 40 minutes and then chip and putt for 10 each.