Practice Makes Perfect

A little rain in Augusta did not stop Harry Higgs from grinding away at his rental home

As a Masters rookie, it has to be impossible to guard against getting too jacked up. You want to take it all in but you don't want to make the tournament bigger than it is. You want to make sure you are 100 percent ready to go but you also don't want to overdo it and burn yourself out. It's a constant tightrope walk.

Harry Higgs, one of the handful of debutants at Augusta National this year, is no doubt feeling that nervous energy. Higgs earned an invitation into the field via his T-4 finish at last year's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, which was his first-career start in a major championship. If that scintillating debut was any indication, he might be in line for a solid week down in Georgia. 

That said, Higgs' game hasn't been all that sharp in 2022, the 30-year-old missing five of his last nine cuts with zero finishes inside the top 30. He's working to change that this week, evidenced by a video he shared on his Instagram story. After Tuesday's suspension of play due to inclement weather during the practice round, Higgs retreated to his rental home and began beating balls into a hitting net out on the deck. The man is leaving no stone unturned:


Normally we'd be staunchly against "ball in the house," especially when "ball in the house" is actually "full golf swing in the house." But exceptions can be made, like when you're playing in your very first Masters and you need to stay sharp after play is halted for rain. We'll allow it.