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Friday, April 23, 2010

Words From A Winner

Bobby Heins is one of the most successful golfers I know, so when he talks about what it takes to win, I try to pay attention. He had some interesting words of advice during the MGA 2010 Media Day:

"To win," he said, "it's all about staying in the moment. You have to take care of the shot at hand. After forty years in this game, I've learned that a bogey not made is a birdie not needed."

"Once you get outside three or four feet, putting is all about the feel. Master your stroke on the short ones, then trust it on the long ones."

"When I reached my 40s, I went back to work. I couldn't rely on natural talent anymore. I try to hit a few balls every day and keep in shape with yoga, rolfing, and stretching."

Bobby is the head professional at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY, and one of the top teachers in the area. Among others, he coaches PGA Tour winner Johnson Wagner. He's also one of the winningest golfers in the game. In 2009 he was named Met PGA Senior Player of the Year after a fabulous season during which he won the MGA Senior Open Championship for the second year in a row. Those back-to-back wins mirrored his two-peat of the Met Open Championship, which he captured exactly twenty years earlier in 1988 and '89.

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds a about in the

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