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.
Green: Let your putter swing like a pendulum.
Time may be running out on Scott's method for sinking putts, as The United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient, golf's governing bodies, are still considering a ban on the professional use of long putters. This is fitting in some ways because Scott, who uses a broomstick-style putter, believes this part of the so-called short game is all about timing. "The key to putting is having the club head swing like a pendulum. Thing of the spring arm of a clock," he says. "That's what you want your putter head to be doing. You don't want to be forcing anything to get in the way of your free-swinging pendulum." After calling on Williams for a second set of eyes on his putts' break and speed, Scott enacts this simple tactic. "The club will go as far back as it does forward and," as with all types of golf shots, he says, "you want to maintain nice rhythm with that."
What Scott uses: Titleist Scotty Cameron Kombi-S.
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