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Rory McIlroy says amateurs can lower their scores by 10 strokes if they follow this tip

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“If I were to caddie for like an average player, I really feel like I could take five to 10 shots off a round very easily.”

So says a certain Rory McIlroy, four time Major winner and former world number one.

Sure, it sounds obvious given who he is and what he has done, but it all makes perfect sense and recreational players might wish to take heed and get more competitive at this weekend’s medal.

Speaking during an interview with with Piers Ward from golf instruction site ‘Me and My Golf’, McIlroy expands on the statement.

“I think effective golf sometimes can be pretty boring, or in people’s minds, it can be pretty boring,” McIlroy said. “Playing the shot that you know you can play, or that you can pull off at least eight times out of 10. I think I see, I see amateurs so much trying to play outside of their comfort zone and trying to take on shots that they think they should hit instead of keeping the ball in play, you know, managing their games a little better and that will produce lower scores.

“And yeah, sometimes it’s fun to take on shots that you might be able to pull off, but I think it’s even more fun to just shoot better scores. You know, I think that it’s a — there’s so many other parts of the game that you can do really well at. And yeah, just managing your game a little better.”

As I write, Rory is just inside the cut-line at the DP World Tour opening event in Abu Dhabi but has recent memories of practicing what he preaches.

At the Wells Fargo Championship last May, a tournament he eventually won by a single shot, McIlroy needed to manage his play.

His drive on the 72nd hole went left and into a penalty area, but, on the advice of caddie, Harry Diamond, instead of trying a swing from an awkward sidehill lie, perhaps outside of his comfort zone, with water a few feet away, McIlroy took a penalty stroke, dropped into a better spot and walked away with just a bogey five. Perhaps the move that won the trophy?

“Harry was awesome out there today, especially that decision on the last,” McIlroy said. “I was ready to get in there and try to play that with a lob wedge, and he was sort of like, ‘Let’s take a step back, let’s think about this. Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?’ So he sort of calmed me down and slowed me down a little bit and said, ‘Pal, let’s just think about this a little bit.’”

The interview finishes with the best five-word advice.

“Understanding your limitations is huge,” Ward says.

“Exactly.”

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  1. jgpl001

    Feb 4, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Absolutely brilliant from the man with the worst course management on tour. How many times has Rory blown big chances on the back nine or lost a tournament on day one with stupid shots??? (and I am a HUGE Rory fan)

    • Rascal

      Feb 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      So what does this have to do with what he would tell AMATEURS?

      More whining for whining’s sake.

  2. CrashTestDummy

    Feb 2, 2022 at 10:35 am

    “Playing the shot that you know you can play, or that you can pull off at least eight times out of 10. I think I see, I see amateurs so much trying to play outside of their comfort zone”

    But Rory, I don’t have a shot I can pull off 8 times out of 10. Every shot is outside of my comfort zone. Lol.

  3. Jbone

    Jan 29, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Rory doesn’t understand that average ams don’t have any consistent shots they can rely on.

  4. ChipNRun

    Jan 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Let’s take tee shots. On a good day, I can carry my driver 220 yards with varying amounts of run-out. At some tournaments, the Senior tees are set up so that a slug of fairway bunkers start about 210 yards from the tee. Do I lay up with a 4W, or try to rip it between the dunes?

    Another situation is tee shots that tail into the rough (hey, stuff happens…) For certain tight or terraced or water-bounded greens, I likely will take 7i and lay up to in front of the green. I have a better chance of getting an up-and-down par or a bogie from up front, than trying a hook shot around a tree to a landing zone where you’re either on the green or in big trouble.

    Or, the longish greenside bunker shot. Pathway 1 is out to left to flat part of green, but you’ll take a two-putt bogie. Or, Path 2 is over the long axis of the bunker sand… hit it just right you get a one-putt sandie, OR, miss short and you’re back in sand, miss long and you’re short-sided with bunker behind.

    Just then, a cosmic Dirty Harry whispers… “Ask yourself this, punk, do you feel lucky?”

    Back to reality… should I use a 10-finger grip when I go outside to shovel snow?

  5. MrHogan

    Jan 22, 2022 at 10:34 am

    “A man has got to know his limitations” – Dirty Harry. Inspector Callaghan.

  6. Rusty Cockering

    Jan 21, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    “5 to 10 shots off”? Bwahahahaha. Only someone who has never given a paid lesson in their life would say something that stupid.

    • Jock McSporran

      Jan 25, 2022 at 11:14 am

      You totally missed the point of his comments or you didn’t actually read it and just went straight to the comments to vent. He talks purely about caddying/game management not improving an average players technique. Bwahahahaha!!

  7. Worm Burner

    Jan 21, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Imagine a round with Rors on your bag!? I wonder what the yardage was for his third though, if yardage is what was meant by “Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?”, since he still two-putted for bogey. The 3wd he hit off tee the into trouble was probably the smart play too. Until he hooked it. (I looked it up)
    I take my medicine all the time. Then I go play golf looking for that Superman shot that keeps me coming back!

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Multiple PGA champ says ‘Phil was not missed’ at Champions Dinner

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The PGA Championship’s past champions’ dinner on Tuesday was a bit different than usual. Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion was nowhere to be found.

At a typical PGA Championship, Mickelson would have hosted the past champions’ dinner. The duties would include picking the menu and giving gifts to those in attendance. This year, those duties fell to the PGA of America due to Phil’s absence.

According to former champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson was “not missed”.

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed,” said Dave Stockton, who won the 1970 and ’76 PGA Championships. “I think Phil would have been a big distraction. The story here this week is the PGA.”

Stockton is partly responsible for having the champions’ dinner at the PGA Championship include only past winners, which is something that started last year at Kiawah Island.

“At Kiawah last year we had I think six or seven people in the room besides just players, and like we did last night, we sat around and they can’t separate us out because there’s so many players, former champions, that it was unbelievable,” Stockton said. “We ended the night, and everybody stayed. I think it blew the PGA officers away.”

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Major champ calls for audio release of bombshell Mickelson interview

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On Wednesday, GolfWRX reported on an excerpt of 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem’s interview with Golf Magic and Boylesports Latest Golf Betting, in which he doesn’t hold back his view on Alan Shipnuck, author of the recently published biography of Phil Mickelson.

Put simply, Beem said, “I don’t trust Alan. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t trust what he writes,” and the theme has continued today with more details of the interview that he had with the bookmaker’s blog.

Whilst accepting the subject of the book, Phil Mickelson, has made errors and will need to ask for a deal of forgiveness to be allowed back on the PGA Tour, Beem has doubts about the context of the controversial comments that have turned the golf world upside down over the last couple of months.

Mickelson has become a (self?) exiled player since calling LIV Golf’s Saudi backers “scary…to deal with” and advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

Having been unhappy with the way Shipnuck handled the coverage of his rookie year in his 2003 publication, ‘Bud, Sweat & Tees’ – “I think that he tries to sensationalist everything,” – Beem wants some clearance on the circumstances of the controversial comments that appeared in the latest tome.

“What was printed by Alan Shipnuk, I want to be clear on this, I want to hear the audio,” Beem told the bookmaker site. “I want to hear exactly what Phil said and I want to hear the context of what he said because the written word is so different than the spoken word that you can take it in any context you want.”

“If you write me a letter, I can read that letter in so many different ways trying to figure out the way you wrote it. I want to hear what he said and how he said it before I really determine how I feel because I look at the source with a little disdain – I’m not a fan. ”

“Once I hear the context, I could probably make a better determination, but it’s hard for me to comment much more on Phil. He’s always been a unique character on the PGA Tour, and there’s a thousand stories out there as we all probably know.”

With nobody knowing for sure where we will see Mickelson next tee it up, Beemer has some advice for the 2021 PGA Champion should he wish to come back to the main tour.

“To go out and to try and redeem yourself, then what you need to do is become a model citizen. You need to come back, hat in hand at the PGA Tour if that’s where your allegiance is, and you need to apologise to every single player on the range.”

“You know, ‘Hey, listen, sorry for having this controversy, didn’t mean it to distract from you and this great tour that we’re part of’, because there are a lot more things to the PGA Tour that, besides the money they play for, are funnelled in.”

“You can give me a cheque for $5 million for winning a tournament, but the things that I get from the PGA Tour are so much more valuable in some respects. And there’s a laundry list of them.”

The current PGA champion is the first non-injured player of the modern era to miss the defence of his title, and with just three weeks to go before the first LIV event in London, we are still in the dark  as to where he next tees it up.

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‘This is why some people hate golf’ – Golfer suffers incredibly cruel disqualification

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A golfer has been disqualified from the USGA 4-ball this morning after having two grips on his putter that were a quarter of an inch too close together.

Popular Twitter account “Monday Q Info” shared the news of the equipment violation today with the following tweet:

“If you have two grips on the putter, they have to be a minimum of 1.5 inches apart. His were 1.25 inches apart…One of the USGA officials saw it yesterday afternoon…Went back to the hotel to confirm the rule…Measured this AM in parking lot and DQ’d him.”

Former professional golfer, Will Strickler weighed in on the disqualification.

It’s been a year that continues to throw up the unlikeliest of rules violations, but this one may just be about the harshest so far of 2022.

One golf fan on Twitter probably summed up the feelings of many frustrated people reacting to the reason for the DQ, saying: “And this is why some people hate golf.”

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