The very best golf tip five-time PGA Tour winner Max Homa ever acquired got here not from a Tour vary or in a personal session with a high-priced teacher however from his first golf coach when Max was solely 10 or 11 years previous.
“We had been speaking a few event I had simply performed,” Homa recalled not too long ago throughout an interview with GOLF. “I didn’t play properly and he mentioned, ‘What’s simpler to do: to shoot 4 underneath with 4 birdies or seven birdies?’ And I mentioned, ‘4 birdies.’
“And he mentioned, ‘Cease making frickin’ bogeys.’”
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A request a lot simpler mentioned than finished, however Homa knew what his coach was getting at.
“Making seven birdies is tough. Making 4 is lots simpler,” Homa mentioned. “I nonetheless take into consideration that after I begin getting aggressive, and I have a look at the tip of my rounds, I believe to myself, , if I’m going to dumb in three to 4 birdies, I can play pretty protecting to not make bogeys at this stage.
“That one has resonated.”
The previous NCAA particular person champion mentioned enjoying conservatively and never making an attempt to pressure birdies results in fewer bogeys. That’s one thing he’s mentioned he’s realized all through his profession, even when one key member of his crew would possibly disagree.
“I’m certain Joe would argue that I’m not nice at it,” Homa mentioned jokingly of his caddie Joe Greiner. “However in between golf equipment going for a par-5 in two and also you suppose you must get it up by the inexperienced to make birdie, and you’ll lay again and you may make birdie nonetheless after which it’s also possible to make par and be wonderful.
“So a bit bit extra reasonable and a bit bit extra cautious at occasions.”
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Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf crew and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but in addition producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He will be reached at [email protected].