Geoff Ogilvy likes to say that tournament golf pays for the golf he really loves, played on natural, classic courses that are often much shorter than the PGA Tour's 7,500-yard monsters. It lets Ogilvy play by feel rather than by mechanics on the ground, not just in the air, and without a stroke-score obsession – sometimes without even a full complement of clubs.
Embrace the ground game.
"There's a trend back toward firmer courses, partly because they require less water. I love faster turf, because it demands more imagination. To prepare, practice lower-trajectory chip-and-run shots, which increase your margin for error. Try a variety of clubs, from de-lofted wedges to midirons, all the way to hybrids and 3-woods."
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