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February 25, 2008
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February 25, 2008

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Phil Mickelson

Seven-foot putt for par

176-yard par-3 14th hole at Riviera Country Club

Final round of the Northern Trust Open

Mickelson's work ethic is as intense and his approach to the game as creative as anyone's. Last week Mickelson called Amy Alcott, a Riviera member, to get advice about the course. He's one of the first pros to carry four wedges and to employ both a short-game and a full-swing teacher. He has experimented by carrying two drivers and has made a habit of taking serious premajor scouting trips. At practice Mickelson makes 100 three-foot putts in a row. That's determination.


A Worthy Goal: The Mickelson 100

With putting, confidence is more important than mechanics, and to gain confidence I have students do what Mickelson does every day: Take 100 consecutive three-footers. Put 10 balls in a circle around a hole, and after each hole-out remove the ball. Don't worry if you can't make 100. Twenty-five is great, 50 is awesome, and 100 is a long-term goal.

Steve Bosdosh teaches at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.