The Augusta National Questions
Like a wise old man, Augusta National welcomes the best players in the world and waits for them with many interesting questions in every corner of the field.
Today, most of the PGA Tour camps are monotonous in the questions they ask players. Can you hit it far and straight? Many of the options of the fields that sponsor the regular stops are two: a black and white, or you hit here or you are dead.
Augusta National, the masterpiece of Dr. Allister Mackenzie is different. Get players with wide fairways and different routes and angles to attack the greens. The question is not a black or white, questions have answers in a thousand shades of gray.
And in the essence of this field is the philosophy of Mackenzie, challenging the best players in the world, but at the same time giving the average player an option to play the field well.
Augusta National gives you the option to take the risk you want, always offering you a reward in return.
The challenge is multidimensional, although the field has wide fairways and large greens , the best routes and areas of pique to make good score are tight. But the dimension that television does not capture very well are the inclinations.
Only in Kapalua players see so many inclinations and balls under or above the feet. This makes short circuit with the prototype of the modern player who polishes his game in the range with a perfect trackman and lie.
Some of the most interesting questions in the field:
Pit 3: Par 4, 350 yards
A hole that asks you different questions depending on the conditions and position of the flag. You can take it for good before the bunkers, try to blow the trap or go on the green with favorable wind.
The green has slopes, so you have to be careful with the approach.
Although players have wedge in hand to make the shot to the green, the margin of error is tiny and it is easy to make a large number if you are not careful.
It is definitely a hole that forces you to think from the start.
Hole 9: Par 4, 460 yards
The inclinations of the terrain are very important to understand this hole. If you have a shot from the fairway, the angle and inclination of the green calls for a draw.
A ball flight from right to left is ideal, but ... the ball is very far below your feet in the fairway, which promotes a low-rise fade. This approach bothers with this challenging question.
Hole 10: Par 4, 495 yards
Depending on the output, the approach to this hole requires a long iron. The problem is that the inclination is down.
The average player may not appreciate the problem, but for the best players, a downhill 4 is a difficult shot.
Hole 13: Par 5, 510 yards
One of the best holes in the world, at the start you have a lot of space on the right. The closer you get to the danger on the left, the flatter your lie and the less distance to the green. From there, with every meter to the right the shot becomes more and more challenging.
The shot to the green ideal fade, or flight from left to right, but ... the ball will find it very much above your feet what promotes a draw.For them the decision to go on the green in two par 5 should be "momentous."
Thus, Augusta National asks uncomfortable questions from beginning to end, sowing doubts in each player's decision. Therefore, this field must be played with total conviction and freedom in the execution of the swing.
But without a doubt, the hardest question that Augusta National does is mid-swing: "Are you sure you make this shot?"