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WHO: Zach Johnson
WHAT: 20-yard chip to six inches for the winning par
WHERE: 465-yard par-4 18th hole at Augusta National
WHEN: Final round of the Masters
It's no surprise that Johnson, ranked 162nd in driving distance, won the green jacket. Augusta was so hard and fast that driving accuracy and the short game--both strengths of Johnson's--became more important than length. Johnson laid up on every par-5 but still played those holes in 11 under, which led the field. His scrambling skills were invaluable, especially on the 72nd hole, where he stiffed a deadhanded chip to seal the win.
To Control the Roll, Go Deadhanded
To take the spin and chance out of short chips, hit them deadhanded, like a putt. Johnson did that at 18 by playing the ball back in his stance and keeping his hands and arms quiet. (He didn't cock his wrists or bend his arms.) He maintained a firm triangle between his arms and shoulders while rotating back and through. To practice this technique, hit chip shots with a soda bottle wedged between your arms.