At the recent 2013 Masters Tournament, Adam Scott played near-perfect golf, becoming the first Australian to win the major. Even before the win, Scott, who came close to donning the green jacket in 2010, was seen by those inside and out of the game as having the model technique. He's a natural ball-striker, to use their jargon. He just needed to make most of every shot on every day of one weekend tournament. Now he has.
Just before the tournament, Scott was generous enough to make some time for 'Men's Journal' to talk about his cars (he drives an SLS AMG Roadster), his favorite drive, and a few tips on playing golf. "It's amazing, it's beautiful," he told us when asked to describe the conditions at the Augusta National Golf Club, where the annual Masters takes place. Those same words describe Scott's smooth stroke, so we asked the 32-year-old right-hander from down under – now third-ranked golfer in the world – to share tips on six types of golf shots. Try these on your next weekend golf outing and you'll go from tee to green like a Master.
Fairway: Keep your head still.
On lengthy par-5s – Augusta National's 13th hole, the third turn of fabled Amen Corner, for example – there is a tendency to make up for a poor drive by pulling another large-faced club out of your bag. Only this time, there's no tee in the ground under the ball, and it's even harder to keep the face square with the ball. "It's easier said than done," says Scott, who also carries a hybrid club that mimics a 2-iron, "but keeping your head still on that fairway wood shot is very helpful, to at least have a feeling for that."
What happens when our anxiousness takes over and we look up to see the ball's flight too early? "The general fault is just topping them, because [woods] are harder to hit off short grass," he explains. "You're looking for that very precise, impact position and the less your body moves the more chance you have of returning the club back to the ball in the correct position." Doing so could mean the difference between a 225-yard blast and a 25-yard topper.
What Scott uses: Titleist 910 F-d Fairway Wood
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