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The Shots You Need At Augusta

...and the shots players dread, as told by winners and guys who are still trying to figure it out

April 2014
The Shots You Need At Augusta

HENRIK STENSON

BEST FINISH / T-17 IN 2007 AND 2008

Other than the bullet-straight 400-yard drive, there are two shots I think are most important in the Masters. The first is pitching and/or chipping off really tight lies and into the grain. That's so difficult, and it's the shot so many guys dread most. The time of year makes it worse, too. Sometimes there hasn't been much growth, so there's even less grass under the ball. If you have a 15-yard pitch, and the pin is five yards over a bunker with the ground sloping away, it's almost impossible to get the ball really close. I'd fancy it off a tee peg, but with the lies you normally get, that shot can be quite intimidating. You see guys putting, or chipping with a rescue club, or going with the lob shot. But nothing is easy, especially if you short-side yourself. A great example of that is if you miss the 13th green to the left, in that little dip. You have to come up and over the ridge in front of you, then let the ball run down the slope. It's so delicate, particularly when the pin is front-left or back-left. The difference between glory and disaster is very small.
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