How to Score Like Millie
“The short game is your most valuable asset”
In light of Monday’s post, this Wellness Wednesday will feature three of Millie Stanley’s “how to score” tips adapted from the WSCGA 2003 Tee Talk . Who better to seek advice from than an accomplished golfer with a trophy named after her?
The “How To’s”
The Chipping Plan
First, select a club that you are comfortable with. Millie used the pitching wedge or the nine-iron for most approach shots. Next, visualize the flight and path of your shot. Millie would always try to “Go down” into the hole, on all approach shots.
Words from the wise, “Once you address the ball, trust your plan,” says Millie. “You have practiced long and hard. You are good at this shot.”
The Putting Plan
The putting stroke is a stroke of tempo. First, take a comfortable stance and place the putter squarely with the line you decide to play. Take the putter back with a smooth temp, keeping it low to the ground.
Stroke through the ball with that same smooth tempo. Keep the putter face going directly through on the line of the putt.
Words from the wise: “The most important thing in putting is to see the spot on the ball that you intend to contact with the putter.”
The first step in “reading the greens” is looking at the terrain of the green as you approach it from the fairway. As you mark your ball, survey the situation. See if you are putting up hill or down hill and see if there is a break to the right or left.
As your playing partners mark their balls and prepare to putt, see the hole from each side but out of the other plays’ line. By the time it is your turn to putt, you should have a good “feel” for the putt.
Words from the wise: “Choose your line, and trust your stroke. If you have practiced, you will feel the distance. Look at it and stroke it.”Adapted from the 2003 WSCGA Tee Talk