The Masters: Three essentials for success at Augusta National | Golf News

first_imgShaping tee shots from right to left on the second, eighth, 10th and 13th holes means shorter approaches, often from flatter lies than the rest of the field. This requires a level of confidence that even the best golfers can’t conjure every week. But those who find it here end up playing a simpler golf course than those who do not.Consistent contactMost elite professional golfers hone their swings on the practice tee, hitting tens of thousands of shots from perfect, flat lies. Augusta National confronts them with multiple variables, the primary one being the sidehill lies they must contend with on practically every non-tee-shot full swing.What’s more, the tendency of the setup staff to groom the fairway grass toward the tee box means the players face a preponderance of into-the-grain lies, which demand absolutely solid contact not just on full shots, but on greenside pitches and chips as well.Course managementTiger Woods’ combination of prodigious power and sublime skill in executing golf shots has caused many fans of the game to overlook what might be the greatest asset in his career at the Masters: his mind, and particularly his ability to dissect a golf course. Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters Tiger Woods is a five-time winner at The Masters

Newcastle takeover excites Ameobi

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Saudi Arabia sets date to lift some international flight restrictions Newcastle United loans chief Shola Ameobi has said that there’s a lot of excitement inside the club amid takeover talk.While communication from the top of the club has been limited, he admits he and other staff at the club are getting excited by talk of the £300 million takeover getting closer. It was reported that the Saudi Arabia-backed deal was close and could be complete within the next seven days.“We’re excited about all the noises that we’re hearing,” Ameobi said on Sky Sports’ The Football Show.“But at the moment Im at home with the kids, homeschooling the kids, and just trying to stay safe.”When asked about what he’d heard from inside the club, Ameobi, who played for the first team for 14 years until 2014, admitted information had been thin on the ground.“I think the one thing over the last six weeks while we’ve been on furlough, there’s not really been any communication, we’re not allowed to do our day to day job, so communication hasn’t been there,” he said. “Lee Charnley has sent a couple of emails over this time to reassure us about what steps they’re trying to take but like you can imagine everything is silent.“Mike likes to do things discreetly and in his own way, and as employees we don’t get to know any of that, so we’re the same as you guys, just waiting and seeing what comes.”Tags: Newcastle UnitedSaudi ArabiaShola Ameobilast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to beat Virginia Tech

first_imgPhil D’Abbraccio (17-4): Syracuse 71, Virginia Tech 61No more freebiesVirginia Tech still strokes it well from 3-point range — to the tune of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s third-best percentage — so its success from deep against SU the first time was no fluke. But the only reason the Hokies were a buzzer-beating 3 away from topping the Orange was because SU missed 10 second-half free throws. With the exception of Syracuse’s loss to Miami, SU’s been better than that from the charity stripe. No breakdown from that spot this time around will outweigh the fits Rakeem Christmas and Co. are going to cause for VT.Jesse Dougherty (17-4): Syracuse 72, Virginia Tech 58Not this time aroundThis is the same Virginia Tech team that Syracuse met in Blacksburg earlier in its conference schedule — unable to guard Rakeem Christmas and do much else but shoot the 3. Except this Orange team, which lost by 10 to North Carolina despite scoring 82 points eight days ago, has come a long way on the offensive end. That said, the Hokies won’t have a shot to come back in this one, even if it gets hot late in the second. This time, SU has a cushion worthy of sleeping on down the stretch.Jacob Klinger (18-3): Syracuse 67, Virginia Tech 58Technically poorVirginia Tech can and will rain some 3s. They do it to the best teams in the conference and the country. But the Carrier Dome air isn’t kind to perimeter-dependent teams and the Hokies’ relationship with the 3-ball is like that of a freshman desperately hanging onto their long-distance significant other. VT’s bound to make the game close and uncomfortable before ultimately ending in heartbreak. Good for Syracuse, though. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2015 at 8:32 pmlast_img read more