The major championship season on the PGA Tour is almost over, with the best players in the world descending on Royal Portrush in less than two weeks for the year’s final major. But for the vast majority of golfers at home watching The Open Championship, the major season is just beginning. Now is the time that they’re preparing for their club’s Member Guest, Club Championship, Father-Son Tournament or local amateur tournament.
Obviously, you don’t have the time to prepare for YOUR major like the pros do; you may even struggle to get in a few practice rounds on the course beforehand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t adequately prep for your major beforehand in just a few hours per week. There are a number of different ways that you can practice on the range or at your home course to simulate the type of pressure and conditions that you’ll be facing in your big tournament. We asked GOLF Academy lead coaches John Richman and Sean Lanyi to provide a few tips on how the amateur can best get ready for their major, whether it’s a week or two away or four weeks out, and gain an edge on their competition.
Today, in the final video installment of this series (see below), Richman describes how to practice for those shots you can expect to see the most in your major—the approach from 150 yards and in. By changing clubs, varying your targets and going through your entire pre-shot routine before every shot, just as you would on the course, you’ll be better equipped to hit more greens inside 150 yards. And more greens hit equates to more birdie opportunities! Incorporate this drill into your preparations right now and you just might be hoisting your own major championship trophy in a few weeks.