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Take One Side out of Play

Lee Trevino didn't have a teacher when he grew up. He taught himself. He later said by practicing more than his opponents, he gained confidence.

He was known as a fade hitter. At the tournament, he had the strategy to eliminate one side out of play.

He was hitting the ball from left to right. So he tried to eliminate left side on every shot except for special occasions.

When there was a hazard on the left side, he aimed at that hazard and made the ball come back to the center of the fairway.

He made sure that he never hit it left. If you use his strategy, you will be able to use the whole fairway by aiming left and curving the ball back to the center.

Even if you curved it too much, you will still be in the fairway. But if you aim at the center of the fairway and curved it too much, you will miss the fairway.

Trevino did the same thing with his putter.

He aimed at the left side of the cup and made sure he never pull the putt left. It was ok to push the putt a little for him. So he would either putt it straight or push it a little, but he would never pull it.

In golf, you won't hit the perfect shot so often. In that sense, golf is the game of eliminating your mistakes.

By taking one side out of play, you will have much better chances to eliminate unnecessary mistakes.

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