It was an exciting Father’s Day weekend at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA. The golf course proved to be extremely challenging over the four days of play. Torrential rains made the rough long and wet making it difficult to play out of and caused the golf course to play longer. But many of the tour players gave us some exciting golf to watch.
Before the tournament began, I had the opportunity to take my son to watch a practice round. The day we spent at Merion was a treat for both of us. (Although very muddy!)
We spent hours on the course where we saw a number of players getting ready for the tournament including:
We also went to the driving range to watch players practice as well as graciously sign autographs. (A highlight for my son!)
One of the most exciting things about going to a golf tournament is how close you can actually get to the players.
Watching a golf tournament on TV is great, but there is nothing better than watching the tour players in person. Seeing your favorite players is very inspiring and makes you want to play better golf. You can learn a lot by watching them up close.
One thing I noticed is that the professionals do not attempt to swing as hard as they can to hit a shot. Their shots are powerful, yet look effortless and fluid. This is because they are swinging the club instead of hitting at the ball, so it is not a forced motion. The ball gets in the way of their swing sending it down the fairway or onto the green.
Being at a tournament also allows you to watch players at the driving range or the practice putting green. Here you will see that even the best golfers in the world are always working on the basic fundamentals of the game.
You can take notice of their grip, the way they set up on each shot and their posture.
You’ll see they all use some type of training aid for aiming.
You can also observe how balanced they are on every shot.
Being able to so closely watch the players practice is very personal and forges a connection to the professionals that you just don’t see in other sports. It is also exciting to watch the players practice and then see how that corresponds to the rounds of golf they play during the tournament.
So if you have the opportunity to see a tour event: GO!
I highly recommend it. It’s a fun day and you may learn something you can use in your own golf game.
If you were at the U.S. Open at Merion, what did you think of the tournament? Share your comments.