Dave Pelz Weeps (Or: Why Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia will tank in majors)
After all the research that Dave Pelz did in the 1970s and 1980s on the short game, younger players still ignore its importance. Comments on another recent post got me thinking, and I can now predict that not only will Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia NOT win a major or any other event this year, they will fold under pressure of any sort.
Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia have outstanding long games. From tee to green they are wonderful exponents of the game. At the Honda, Donald began to collapse on consecutive holes by making bogey from 60 yards out IN ONE on a par four, then putting on a catatonic putting display that made me wince. Donald will hit the ball closer from 170 yards than from 45 feet or ten yards on nine out of ten occasions.
Sergio and Luke may practice the short game, but they do not understand its importance. In all fairness, they may not need to. If one’s goal is to catch Tiger, he or she will lead a solitary life, filled with loneliness and regret. What will catching Tiger do, other than strip away opportunities to experience all that life has to offer?
In case you still doubt the importance of the short game, remember that in 1973, the leading iron player on tour was Miller…Allen Miller. He hit the ball closer than anyone else, yet failed to win events due to faulty putting and less-than-stellar chipping and pitching. Soon he was off the tour, and only as a teaching pro in western New York has he learned the true value of the short game.
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Um, am I missing something? Was this a troll?
You know what a troll is, don't be coy. Donald has clearly demonstrated his ability by winning last week. The guy only birdied 3 of his last 6 holes to pull out the win. You call that "folding under pressure?"
I will agree that Garcia looks really tentative around the greens. He has no confidence with the short game at all.
"You see a lot of players when they get close to him seem to either give it to him or he doesn't have to do too much special," said Donald after his two-stroke victory at the Honda Classic in Florida. "He just knows that his golf is going to be good enough to get it done and sometimes he lets the other players feel like they have to do more. "I think if you can kind of get into the mentality that you don't have to do any more, you just do what you know you can do. Hopefully that will keep me going to get up to Tiger's level. "I don't think I need to practice that much harder. I think I've got to change my mentality. "I think you have to start believing that you're the best player in the world. That's the first step. " can I beat Tiger on any given round? Sure. So why can't I beat him during a tournament? "I feel like if I play my golf, just a satisfactory Luke Donald style, that should be good enough to compete no matter what tiger does”....
Can you believe it?
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