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HOW TO UTILIZE PGA TOUR 2K23’S SHOT TYPES AND SHOT SHAPING TOOLS

Golf requires creativity—an ability to think outside the box and navigate treacherous obstacles and terrain with an arsenal of shot types. PGA TOUR 2K23 boasts all of the shot types you’re accustomed to using in real life, but allows you to execute them with perhaps a little more precision. Understanding how to utilize the shot types, shot shaping, and True Shot technology can be the difference between a stellar round and a round to forget. Learn how to master these skills with direct insight from members of the HB Studios team.

HOW CAN PLAYERS UTILIZE THE SHOT PRESETS AND SHOT SHAPING PGA TOUR 2K23?

We offer seven shot presets: Normal (full swing), Punch, Pitch, Flop, Chip, Splash, and Putt. Beyond that our “True Shot” shot shaper feature opens the door to a plethora of different ball flights, to get yourself exactly where you want to be and out of a tough lie. For example, using our Normal Shot with a driver, wood, or any other low lofted club you can create a stinger, by delofting and reducing the spin on the shot using True Shot. To accomplish this, hold the True Shot button (L1/LB/LShift) and move both the Left Stick and Right Stick up to the top of the UI. Now you’re set up for a Stinger . You can even fine tune how much that Stinger climbs by using the Right Stick to adjust the spin.

Or take our Chip shot for example; by default you get this pretty standard chip bounce and roll all relative to the amount of power applied to the shot. But maybe playing a Bump-n-Run is the best play here, you would essentially set up the shot just like a Stinger with the Normal shot, but instead using the Chip Shot preset as the baseline. Or maybe you need to combat that pesky slope on the green and need your chip shot to check up immediately, again using True Shot but instead pulling both sticks down will pop that chip a bit higher and apply maximum spin, allowing it to land softer and check up faster.

It’s also important to remember that your golfer's SHAPING attribute impacts how versatile the True Shot shot shaper feature is for you out on the course. A golfer with a low Shaping attribute won’t be able to bend and spin shots with the same efficiency as one with a high Shaping attribute.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE MULTIPLE SHOT TYPES TO CHOOSE FROM?

Golf is a game that can throw you into the unexpected, when you least expect it. Having the tools at your disposal to make the most of the situation, expected or not. The base shot type presets that we offer are the ones most commonly used throughout a round of golf. True Shot comes into play to expand on those core presets when the situation calls for it. The more comfortable you get using True Shot, the better your scores will be, because getting that ball to sit down in just the right place is something you have to plan for, and then perform.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A SHOT TYPE BASED ON DIFFERENT CUTS OF GRASS?

It’s important to know that the longer the grass the ball lies in, and the deeper it is buried (communicated both visually and by the Lie Penalty information in the HUD) that controlling the spin and launch speed of a shot becomes a lot harder. Distance loss is a guarantee, as is the loss of spin, and these factors can have a significant impact on the ball flight and rollout. 

We wouldn’t necessarily suggest that there is a shot type best suited to a cut of grass, rather than the cut of grass, the lie depth/penalty, and distance to your target all play a role in determining the best shot type for the situation. You’re not going to play a 30-yard chip out of the heavy rough, if you’re 180 yards from the pin, just like you wouldn’t play a 90-yard Pitch shot if you're sitting 20 yards from the green. 

What we would suggest during the shot setup phase:

  • Find a target landing location that you want to play for.
  • Determine how you want the ball to interact with that landing location.
  • Understand the Lie Penalty.
  • Understand the Elevation.
  • Understand the Wind Direction and Speed.
  • Use True Shot to fine tune your selected shot type or create a new one.

DO SHOT TYPES CHANGE BASED ON THE TYPE OF CLUBS YOU USE?

Yes. While it may technically be possible to Flop shot a 3i (I’ve seen it done) it’s extremely difficult, and probably the last thing you’d ever see a TOUR Pro attempt on TOUR. The same could be said about chipping with a 5w or putting with a Driver. So while we don’t open the flood gates entirely, our shot type to club type restrictions are pretty flexible. Here’s a quick rundown of what shot type presets you can select with what clubs:

  • Normal Shot - D, 3w, 4w, 5w, 3h, 4h, 5h, 3i, 4i, 5i, 6i, 7i, 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Punch Shot - D, 3w, 4w, 5w, 3h, 4h, 5h, 3i, 4i, 5i, 6i, 7i, 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Pitch Shot - 5i, 6i, 7i, 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Chip Shot - 5i, 6i, 7i, 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Flop Shot - PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Splash Shot - 8i, 9i, PW, GW, SW, LW
  • Putt - Putter

You could have the nicest set of clubs in your bag, but if you don’t know how to get the most out of them then you’re at a serious disadvantage. Your shots won’t always come from a perfect lie in the middle of the fairway, so mastering shot shaping and knowing when to use certain shot types can set your game apart from the competition. Feel free to reference our glossary below containing more shot type definitions and terminology.

Normal Shot

This is your standard full powered shot. The most common shot you’ll perform tee to green and is available across all club types. This shot type is essentially the most forgiving in terms of swing input difficulty.

The Punch shot is another preset shot type that will allow you to keep the ball as low as possible in its trajectory. This is ideal when you find yourself off the beaten path and have some low hanging branches you want to get under. This shot is known for having a very long roll out, so keep that in mind when choosing the target distance.

A Pitch is a three-quarter power shot, great for approaching the green from within 100yds. It's extremely versatile when shot shaping as you can really manipulate the spin control during your shot setup. Pitch shots with added spin can rip backwards on the green, while delofting the shot turns into a Pitch-n-Run style shot explained below.

A very short range shot, used around the edge of the green, that gets the ball up and down quickly. Chip shots don’t spin too much, but with some finesse in the True Shot Shaper, you can get them to check up pretty quickly with a high lofted wedge.

A short-mid range high arcing shot that lands soft and rolls only a little, the flop shot is the hardest of shot types to perform, but a quality strike can have great precision and leave you within a short distance of the pin.

Splash Shot

Our preset Splash Shot is designed to take sand with every swing. This generally reduces spin, distance, and control of the ball once it lands. It will get you out of a bunker, but it won’t do you many favors when precision is needed.

Made famous by Tiger Woods… This is a shot type that must be setup for using the True Shot Shaper feature. This is a long range, low flighted shot that does a great job combating the wind. This is a good option to employ when you need as much distance as possible while also combating a crossing-headwind. Remember that the rollout will travel quite a bit further than a standard drive off the tee.

The Bump-n-Run is a variation on the chip shot. By de-lofting your chip shot and reducing the attack angle (push both LS and RS forward in the True Shot Shaping UI) you can achieve a shot that gets itself back onto the ground as soon as possible to roll like a putt across the green. When setting up for a bump and run the goal should be to only carry the ball in the air to the edge of the green, to a position where the ball can roll like a putt toward the cup. So you need to choose your landing spot and read the green from that point onward before taking this shot. When done right, it’s an extremely powerful way to approach the pin.

Pitch-n-Run

A Pitch-n-Run, which is similar to a Bump-n-Run but performed from the Pitch shot. It keeps the trajectory lower to combat wind, allows you to carry much further than a chip shot will, and provides longer bounce and roll, which can be beneficial when the pin is at the back of the green.

Short-Sided Bunker Shot

To perform this shot it’s a bit different and requires some finesse to control distance. First, in the True Shot interface, move the Right Stick all the way to the bottom. Next, and this is where finding the right loft is key, move the Left Stick down until you see the trajectory arc sitting in your desired location. Remember that elevation and lie penalty will chew up some yards, depending on what difficulty setting you are playing on, so be sure to account for those during your shot set up.

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Ea sports pga tour shot guide | all 20 shot types, understanding the shot types in ea sports pga tour is as crucial as the uses of power and projection., by rayan , posted 15 apr 2023.

EA Sports PGA Tour is finally out after nine years of hiatus. While the game has had a mixed impact among golf simulation fans, it's also the closest real-life golfing game we've played till now. The game is in a great shape after the last EA Sports PGA TOUR updates and fixes . Yet many have criticized the game's lack of tutorial or more explanations on the shot types. Golf, in general, is not an easy game to play. So understanding the shot types is as crucial as the uses of power and projection.

EA Sports PGA Tour, 20 Shot Types, Shot Guide, Texas Wedge, Chip, Putting, Pick, Blast, Pitch, High Flop, Long Flop, Flop, Spinner, Runner, Hack, Finesse, Knock Down, Punch, Power Approach, Stinger, Power Drive, Hot Female Golfer

So I decided to write about all 20 different shot types of EA Sports PGA Tour for those new to Golf and want to understand when to use which shot to gain an advantage during the play. These shots give you the tools to attack every Hole on every course. So let's get right into them.

Drive:  First is the Drive, obviously. This shot is executed off the Tee Box. This is a standard full-swing shot for consistent distance and accuracy of the Tee Box.

Power Drive:  The Power Drive is a more powerful full-swing shot for gaining extra distance off the Tee. This shot is ideal for longer par four and five and shooting you to get further down the Fairway.

Stinger:  The Stinger is a low powerful shot that keeps the ball under the wind and generates a lot of rolls. It's an ideal shot for playing on Lynx courses where you will gain a lot of roll on the farm Fairways.

Approach:  The Approach is a full-swing shot that gives you consistent distance and accuracy when playing from the Fairway.

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Power Approach:  The Power Approach, on the other hand, is a more powerful full-swing shot when you want more distance from the terrain that comes with a larger shot dispersion circle than the Approach. This is an ideal shot when you are in between clubs and require extra distance from the Fairway.

Punch:  The Punch shot is a really low shot without a lot of power that keeps the ball under the wind and generates a lot of rolls. It's used to get out of trees and back into the playable areas, ideal when in hazards.

Knock Down:  The Knock Down is a full swing shot that gets the ball to fly lower than a normal approach that is high enough to still land soft and keep the ball on the Green.

Finesse:  The Finesse is a shorter and more versatile shot that can go a wider variety of distances used for distances between clubs on your normal Approach. It's an ideal shot for getting dialed into the pins.

Hack:  The hack is a powerful full-swing shot only used from the first cut and heavy rough and ideal for getting back into play or attacking the flag sticks.

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The shot type varies when you're in the Short Game. So it's important to understand which shot to select in which condition. 

Runner:  The Runner is a low-flying half-swing shot that runs out a lot more than the Pitch. Even if you shoot from a distance and after the ball lands on the front part of the Green, it will run out well up toward the Flag.

Spinner:  The Spinner is a half-swing shot with more speed put into the impact. This shot generates more spin on the ball and gets the ball to check up almost quickly once landing on the Green.

Flop:  The Flop shot is a long swing that lobs the ball high into the air and ensures the ball lands softly on the Green. A Flop shot stops the ball immediately after landing.

Long Flop:   The Long Flop is a version of the Flop that goes a greater distance but has a larger shot dispersion. These shots are ideal for anything just short or in and around.

High Flop:   The High Flop is another version of the Flop shot that goes extremely high, lands, and stops immediately. It's very useful when there is no space between the end of the green and the Flag.

Pitch:  The Pitch is a standard half-swing shot that gets the ball up onto the Green with a normal amount of rollout. Compared to other games, on EA Sports PGA Tour, you might find the Pitch shots running out a bit more than you would expect. So you'll have to play the backstop here as it comes back off the slope perfectly all the way down to the cup.

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Then the Bunker shots. The ball will often fall or roll into a Bunker, and the game gets more difficult in such a situation. But there are times when it's a good strategy to get the ball in a bunker if it's close to the Flag and use the right shot for a Par or even a Birdie.

Blast:  The Blast is specific to bunkers. This swing hits the sand behind the ball to loft up out of the sand and onto the Green, causing the ball to roll out more since the sand impact reduces the spin.

Pick:  The Pick shot is an alternative Bunker shot. It's a cleaner strike that hits less sand and more of the ball, allowing it to spin more and less roll out. This was a fantastic recovery shot and more useful for getting out of the bunker when the Flag distance is closer.

EA Sports PGA Tour, 20 Shot Types, Shot Guide, Texas Wedge, Chip, Putting, Pick, Blast, Pitch, High Flop, Long Flop, Flop, Spinner, Runner, Hack, Finesse, Knock Down, Punch, Power Approach, Stinger, Power Drive, Hot Female Golfer

Finally, the Putt.

Putting:  Last but not least, the Putting shot types up first in your stranded Putt, a stroke that instantly gets the ball rolling and is only used on the Green or Fringe. Before playing the Putting shot, understanding your ball positioning on the Green's above, below, or level is essential to adjust your swing accordingly.

Chip:  Chip shot is a short-putting stroke-style shot with wedges and short irons that bumps the ball into the air for a few yards and gets the ball rolling quickly. If you can master this shot, it's an ideal shot in and around the Green.

Texas Wedge:  Texas Wedge is a stroke with the butte that instantly gets the ball rolling but can be used when not on the Green. It's ideal if you're just off the Green or on the Fringe.

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While you can use different shots in EA Sports PGA Tour based on your strategy or how you attack the Flag, it's also important to calculate the wind direction and terrain condition. The game suggests a shot type by default and also points to the location of the shot suitable, but they are mostly never idea if you want to hit Par, Birdie, or Eagle. So to avoid Double Bogey, Double Eagle or Triple Bogey, select the right shot type and of course, adjust your shot's projected landing location.  

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EA revealed their official gameplay trailer for EA Sports PGA Tour featuring former professional golfer and current commentator Iona Stephen. The trailer shows some of the various shot types, classic mechanics, putting, ball behavior and more. Make sure to read our featured article from this morning  for additional details.

The team also released their EA Sports PGA Tour gameplay blog highlighting the various ways you can attack a hole with Pure Strike.

Pure Strike gives you all the tools you need to realistically attack every hole on every course the same way the pros do. Featuring ShotLink powered by CDW and data from TrackMan, Pure Strike helps ensure that each professional golfer’s unique swing and attributes will be accurately reflected in the game. Pure Strike incorporates the three parts of every golf shot: fluid swing mechanics that are highly accurate to a player’s backswing length and speed of follow through, innovative ball behavior allowing every bounce and roll to behave more accurately across a variety of terrain and course conditions, and lifelike course dynamics that play true to their real life course counterparts. 

  • World Famous Courses – The tee is yours at 30 courses, including some of the world’s most  prominent venues such as Augusta National Golf Club, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Southern Hills Country Club, The Old Course at St Andrews Links, The Country Club, Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course, Torrey Pines, Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France, East Lake Golf Club, TPC Southwind, The Los Angeles Country Club, Wilmington Country Club and more. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also feature the past major host courses in 2021 and 2022 as well as the new 2023 majors courses releasing post-launch.
  • Your Career, Your Way – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR provides players with an RPG-like progression system on the Road to the Masters. As their golf game improves, the closer they’ll be to becoming a major champion. Players will be able to create and customize a golfer, develop their skills and master each course to attack every hole like a pro. With 20 shot types available as players progress in the game, they can enhance their skill set for driving, approach, short game, or putting, depending on their style. Players will be able to compete to become a major champion, and take on the PGA TOUR’s best events in the season-long race for the FedExCup, as well as conquer the top Amateur Championships including the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the U.S. Amateur, and other elite international amateur events.
  • THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup Playoffs – The PLAYERS Championship and all three events of the FedExCup Playoffs will be in the game, and players can earn in-game FedExCup points in Career Mode for the opportunity to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs. As part of the Career mode, top golfers at the end of the year will be given the opportunity to win the FedExCup.
  • Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and The Amundi Evian Championship – In partnership with the LPGA, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR allows fans to compete at The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the LPGA Tour’s five major championships, and have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer in the overhauled Create-A-Player system. Players will also be able to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges and other events. Iona Stephen will be joining the EA commentary team as the first female on-course commentator in-game, bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting.
  • True-to-Life Course Visuals – EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will also present the most realistic visuals in any golf game utilizing EA’s Frostbite™ engine. Using state-of-the-art equipment, including drone technology, helicopters and airplanes equipped with custom LiDAR scanners, and more to develop terrain maps, EA SPORTS PGA TOUR depicts courses exactly as they appear in real life. The photogrammetry and scanners were also applied to create precise renderings of clubhouses, iconic vegetation, bridges, tee markers, rock formations, and other on-course elements offering players life-like visual experiences of their favorite courses.
  • ShotLink® – Utilizing ShotLink ® powered by CDW, the PGA TOUR’s proprietary real-time scoring system since 2001, golfers will authentically be replicated with accurate player ratings, skills and magnified true-to-life in-game events.
  • TrackMan Data – Insights implemented from TrackMan, a world leader in 3D ball flight measurement and swing analysis, is a critical component to authentic gameplay utilizing a myriad of stats including club tuning, flight trajectory, landing position and much more.

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Last but not least the team also provided another blog providing additional details on the 20 available shot types .

Each shot type has its own unique profile producing shots with varying ball speeds, launch angles, spin rates, and shot dispersion that you would expect in real life. Each shot type profile is unique per club and per class of golfer trajectory (low, medium, and high), which result in over 1300 unique profiles available in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.

In previous EA golf games, your options were limited; typically only requiring you to select the appropriate club. Now, with shot types, every time you step to the ball you’ll choose your shot type and then select your club. This unlocks a new layer of depth and strategy, allowing you to get one step closer to the pre-shot thought process and routine of a pro golfer.

Among other conditions that change with each shot type, each shot comes with a certain amount of dispersion, impacting the accuracy of a shot which varies based on each golfer’s skill with the specific shot type.

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Min Woo Lee, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, shares his three tips to improve your distance and shot types with your driver.

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At just 25 years old, Australian Min Woo Lee is an emerging star in the game of golf. Not only can he crush the ball off the tee ( 7th in driving distance at 309 yards), but he’s proven to have serious chops on the biggest stages as well.

Although Lee has yet to win on the PGA Tour, he has T20 finishes in three of the four majors, with his best coming at the 2023 U.S Open, where he was fifth.

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Given his growing popularity and unique ability to bomb his driver, Lee recently revealed some driver tips on Callaway Golf’s YouTube channel , explaining how to shape shots like a pro.

If you’re truly going to shave strokes and see the scores you want, having the ability to hit various types of shots is critical, and Lee reveals his secrets to hitting a draw, a fade and a fairway finder (or a low fade). Take a look below to see his tips!

Min Woo Lee shares his shot-shaping tips

Stock shot (fade)

Lee says his preferred stock shot with driver is a simple little fade, which requires having a club path from in-to-out, as well as a bit of an open clubface. But he says he used to be much more accustomed to hitting a draw prior to turning pro.

“I used to hit a draw as an amateur [for my stock shot], and when I got out onto the Tour, I needed to hit it a bit straighter,” he said. “So you can see a lot of guys on Tour hit fades, and I developed a pretty decent one over the past couple of years. But the first three years of being pro was tough to get a really natural fade.”

As for his tips for hitting a bigger fade, compared to his typical stock shot fade?

“If I wanted to hit a little more of a fade [compared to just my stock shot fade], I would aim the club where I want to start it,” he said. “So if I aim towards the left side of the fairway, we want to fade it off to the right side.

Lee says hitting a draw with his driver isn’t something he often trusts on the course, despite his success with it.

“It’s a shot that I actually hit really well, but I don’t trust it as much on the golf course,” he said. “If there’s a fairway that’s a bit wider, it’s definitely the shot I go to. My draws don’t draw too much. So I aim towards the right, definitely [take it back] a bit wider, but I also want to come from out-to-in on an inward path.

“I definitely stand a bit more closed. For a right-hander, closed means having the right foot back. So my line’s aiming further right of where I want to start it. And then you kind of want to have a bit of a closed face when you hit the ball.”

Lee was then asked how much longer his draw is compared to his traditional stock shot.

“We’re talking 310 yards with a fade, and then closer to 330 yards with a draw,” he said. “Yes, it’s nice hitting it long, but we want to hit fairways, especially at my length. For shorter hitters, it’s very beneficial for you guys to hit a draw.”

Low fade (fairway finder)

Finally, Lee says a safer shot off the tee is a simple low fade, otherwise known as a fairway finder. The best players in the world have this in their back pocket as a tool to use when needed.

“Similar to the fade shot, we’re going to tee the ball up a little bit lower. The lower you hit it, there’s going to be less of a chance for it to go off-line,” he said. “Same thing [as the other shots], I want to be aiming at the left side of the fairway, choke up on the grip just a little bit, and hit more of a punch shot. Use a similar backswing [as the draw], and just cut it.”

He’s then asked about what differences he feels in the backswing on the low fade compared to the other shots.

“My backswing is quite normal on the way back with a fade, and then it’s coming down in front of me,” he said. “That’s not like the draw, where it’s a bit behind me and the shaft is a bit further back.

“The draw is a funny feeling, because it’s a long and laggy swing, and it comes from the inside a lot more. You’re sweeping [the club] from right to left rather than having it be in front of you and cutting it. So there’s a big difference.”

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All Shot Types In EA Sports PGA Tour

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EA Sports PGA Tour is still a very enjoyable game to play. One of my favorite parts is the details in this game, including the many shot types they included in the game. In total there are 20 different shot types as shown believe with the badge/logos in the photo below.

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You might love the game but not be familiar with all the different shot types in the game EA Sports PGA Tour . I am also going to classify them into different sections for shot types including drivers, approach, short game, and putting. So lets get into it.

Driving Shot Types

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  • Drive:  A standard full swing shot to get consistent distance and accuracy off the tee.
  • Power Drive:  This is where you have golfers use more power to get more distance off the tee.
  • Stinger: Stinger Drive shots are more of a low and powerful. Usually are done in more windy conditions and sometimes on firm surfaces. 

Approach Shot Type

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  • Approach:  A standard full swing shot to get consistent distance and accuracy from terrain.
  • Power Approach:  This is an approach shot that is more powerful and the aim is to get more distance.
  • Punch:  A more lower shot that has power. Definitely more strategic when battling the wind along with getting out of trees.
  • Knock Down:  A full swing that focuses on a lower fly on the ball and a way to minimize the wind’s impact. Even more useful on preventing a spin on the ball.
  • Finesse:  Out of all of the approach shot types this one is the more versatile when it comes to distance.
  • Hack:  The more powerful shot compared to the other approach shot types when it comes to thicker grasses. The Hack shots are mainly utilized in the thicker grass environments.

Short Game Shot Type

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  • Pitch:  A Pitch is a more standard shot that is mainly utilized on the green’s, but not bunkers. Mainly because the pitch is a half swing shot that gets the ball up onto the green.
  • Runner: It is sort of similar to a Pitch with the half swing shot, but it is more of a lower shot. 
  • Spinner:  Spinners have more speed with the half swing shots. This is utilized to avoid rollout’s when the ball lands. My recommendation is to utilize the spinner shot on fairways as it can help with the positioning of the next shot.
  • Flop:  A long swing that lobs the ball high into the air and lands softly on the green. I would not recommend using this with bunkers.
  • Long Flop: Honestly, this shot is basically the sane as the flop, but it has a larger shot dispersion. 
  • High Flop:  This flop is a more higher shot and can stop immediately when it hits the ground. A big difference with the Flop and Long Flop is that it is a terrible shot to use in not only the bunker, but heavy rough of the course.
  • Blast:  If you’re stuck in a bunker this is the shot type you need to do. It is a bit more of a messier shot as the Blast hits more sand then the ball. Look at the photo I used above, and that is what Blast shots in a bunker look like.
  • Pick: While the Blast shot is messy, the Pick is more cleaner as it hits less sand. This also helps limit the rollouts when hitting the ball. It is tougher to do in both the game and in real life, but the less sand hit the better.

Putting Shot Type

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  • Putt:  A stroke with a putter that instantly gets the ball rolling. Keep in mind that the putter is only used on the Green or Fringe.
  • Chip: Chip shots are mainly used with both wedges and short irons. This helps bumps the ball in the air a few yards and can help roll it quickly.
  • Texas Wedge:  A stroke with the putter that instantly gets the ball rolling, but the difference from a normal putt is that it can be used when not on the Green or Fringe.

So that is all the shot types in EA Sports PGA Tour . It will take practice to get good at all the different types of shots in the game, but hey, golf is nothing if not a game of patience. So hit the links and good luck!

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All EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters Shot Types Listed

Shot type is the difference between birdies, pars, and bogeys.

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EA tackled every aspect of golf with their reintroduction title: EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters. One of the simulator’s prime features is the shot type and the many selections. 

All-in-all, there are 20 different shot types to choose from to ensure you have a solution for every situation, whether you land in the rough, bunker, or somewhere in between the trees. These shots are broken down into four categories, making it easier to establish when and in what scenario to use them. 

Here Prima Games have listed all the shot types and if it’s easy, medium, or hard to pull off the shot. What also plays a part is the new tech: Pure Strike. To learn more about Pure Strike, you can read: EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters Pure Strike Explained 

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All 20 Shot Types Listed EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters

Driving shots.

  • Drive (Easy)
  • Power Drive (Easy)
  • Stinger (Hard)

Approach Shot Types

  • Approach (Easy)
  • Power Approach (Easy)
  • Punch (Medium)
  • Knock Down (Medium)
  • Finesse (Hard)
  • Hack (Hard)

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Short Game Shot Types

  • Pitch (Hard)
  • Runner (Hard)
  • Spinner (Hard)
  • Flop (Easy)
  • Long Flop (Easy)
  • High Flop (Easy)
  • Blast (Hard)
  • Pick (Hard)

Putting Shot Types

  • Chip (Medium)
  • Putt (Easy, Medium, and Hard)
  • Texas Wedge (Hard)

Read here to find out what golf courses have been included in EA Sports PGA Tour: EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters: All Golf Courses Listed

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Practice Makes Perfect in Road to the Masters

The easiest swing to execute is a long swing, where timing is the key factor. Like in real life, it is in Road to the Masters; the closer you get to the greens, the more complex the game becomes when using your clubs.

Although there are many hard shots to pull off in the game, it doesn’t mean they are impossible to execute cleanly over time. The only way to get familiar with the game’s mechanics is to practice and do so as often as possible.

There are many ways to practice in the game, and if you’re struggling with parts of your short game, long game, or both, you should do the challenges before getting into any tournaments or big events.

EA Sports PGA Tour | Challenges Mode

Challenges are the best way to learn and get rewarded while learning, making it worthwhile. There are challenges for every shot and game situation, and most importantly, you can restart as many times as you would like to get all three stars — getting all three stars should be standard procedure.

Although there are 20 shot types listed, EA states there are about 1300 shot variations in the game, so you’re not short of options and solutions.

For more on EA Sports PGA Tour – Road to the Masters, you can read:  EA Sports PGA Tour Trophies and Achievements Listed

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EA Sports PGA Tour 2023: How to Unlock Skills and Shot Types Guide

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You can improve your custom character in EA Sports PGA Tour 2023 , and you definitely need to do so to complete some of the harder challenges in the game.

In this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about unlocking new skills and shot types for your golfer!

How to Unlock Skills and Shot Types in EA Sports PGA Tour 2023

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To get skills and shot types, you first need to level up your golfer. There are a total of 50 levels, with your character starting at level 1.

You get experience naturally by playing the game at all using your custom golfer, though quests and challenges give the highest amount of experience.

Every level up will give you a different amount of Skill Points which you can use in the Skills tab of the Golfer menu. Just choose the category and skill you wish to learn and confirm the Skill Point cost.

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You can also unlearn skills by retraining your golfer. However, this has a heavy coin cost, so you should only do it after you’ve reached level 50!

There are 5 different categories for you to use your SP in which are as follows:

  • Power – Increases your swing speed, making every shot type reach longer distances.
  • Driving – Divided into Accuracy and Control. Makes you less likely to mishit and lowers the shot dispersion of Driving Shot Types.
  • Approach – Divided into Accuracy, Control, and Recovery. Gives you better control over Approach Shot Types, making them more accurate and reliable.
  • Short Game – Divided into Accuracy, Control, and Recovery. Improves your overall handling when using Short Game Shot Types.
  • Putting – Last but not least, this will give you better accuracy and control over Putting Shot Types.

As you can see, nearly all these stats primarily relate to their respective shot types. But what are the various shot types and how do you get them? Let’s go over them next.

How to Unlock and Upgrade Shot Types

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You will unlock Shot Types by leveling up your skills . Notice how some skill slots have a shield-shaped badge? These skill nodes will unlock Shot Types.

Hover your cursor over any of these skills and a small pop-up will appear telling you which Shot Types the skill will unlock. It will also tell you if there are any extra requirements, such as another skill.

Meet the requirements listed and the Shot Type will be unlocked!

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You can upgrade every shot type as well. Each type has three ranks: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Upgrading works the same as unlocking them. You just need to upgrade your skills further; the Shot Type pop-ups will tell you what stats you need for each upgrade.

Keep in mind that you don’t need to equip the shot types or anything like that . Just having them will let you use them.

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Best Shot Types for Each Distance in EA Sports PGA Tour

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Do you want to step up your game and play like Jon Ram or Justin Thomas? Thanks to the gameplay innovations in the new EA Sports PGA Tour game, now you can—at least, virtually. In previous games, you could only choose a different club depending on the challenge, but now you can have more control and strategize more efficiently with 20 different shot types in four distinct categories—eight available from the start and 12 more to learn as your career progresses.

If it sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry— we give you our straightforward overview of the best shot types for each distance in EA Sports PGA Tour .

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The Best Driving Shot Type in EA Sports PGA Tour

Reserved only for the tee box, driving shots in EA Sports PGA Tour come in three variations:

  • Power Drive

While each type has its benefits, our favorite is the Power Drive shot as it gives an extra kick and provides for better distances due to a more powerful swing. However, you should be aware that using this shot has a somewhat larger shot dispersion compared to others. Still, we cannot emphasize enough how useful the Stinger is in windy conditions as it keeps the ball under the wind but still packs a punch.

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The Best Approach Shot Type in EA Sports PGA Tour

Approach Shot types in EA Sports PGA Tour give you more variety and can be used in different conditions, so your best bet is to try to unlock them all. You can choose between these six options:

  • Power Approach

Even though they all have their uses, we are opting for Finesse as the best Approach Shot type for its versatility. While it doesn’t have as much power as most of its counterparts from this group, Finesse can be used for a wider distance variety. Still, it is best for distances that are between clubs on normal approach or in cases when you’re too close to the green and an approach won’t work, but you still can’t use short game shots.

The Best Short Game Shot Type in EA Sports PGA Tour

When the green is in sight, you will want to pull out one of these short game shots:

Among all of these options, the type that performed best for us was Flop. This shot type comes as a long swing that sends the ball quite high in the air, but its winning aspect is that the ball stops almost immediately as it touches the ground, giving you more control overall. Just make sure that you don’t underswing it.

The Best Putting Shot Type in EA Sports PGA Tour

For your endgame moves (that can also be used interchangeably with other short-game shots), you have three options:

  • Texas Wedge

The title of the best Putting Shot type in EA Sports PGA Tour in our opinion goes to Chip. This shot will get the ball in the air and have it rolling quickly. If you combine it with a 60 Wedge or 7 Iron, it can be a great, easy-to-control finishing move.

No matter which one of these moves you prefer, make use of the Skills Trainer to master them—as we stated before, all of them have their value, and understanding how and when to use each will make a real difference in making you feel like a pro in EA Sports PGA Tour.

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Ea sports pga tour launches april 7th with an in-depth career mode. read on to learn more.

From gameplay to courses we’ve taken you through some of what EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ will offer at launch, and now, read on to learn all about Career Mode, our most in-depth career mode in the EA SPORTS PGA TOUR series yet. Read on to learn more about Career Mode and watch the deep dive below.

From becoming a major champion to earning a grand slam title, to even winning the FedExCup and more, you’ll be able to experience what it is like to compete each week in golf’s biggest events with Career Mode.

Career Mode Journey Overview from Amateur to the Masters

You’ll start your journey by customizing your golfer’s appearance with a variety of visual customizations, equipment options, and swing styles to choose from. You can control your golfer’s swing style by selecting their swing animation, swing tempo, preferred shot shape, and ball trajectory throughout your career. You’ll also be able to customize your club head, shaft, grips, and more so you’ll perform just like you want to on the course. And to make sure you’re looking your best when you’re on the course, you’ll be able to equip yourself with accessories and clothing from a variety of iconic and new-age golf brands.

After you’ve perfected your look on-course, you’ll be able to control where you want to start your career - as an amateur in one of the top amateur events, on the Korn Ferry Tour, or the PGA TOUR. As an amateur you’ll be able to play in the U.S. Amateur Championship, Augusta National Women’s Amateur, The Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, and Latin American Amateur Championship, culminating in Q-school where you’ll compete for a spot on the Korn Ferry Tour. After you’ve conquered the amateur championships  you’ll have the opportunity to earn an invitation to the Masters and U.S. Open.

After the Korn Ferry Tour, or if you choose to skip straight to it, you’ll launch into the PGA TOUR where you will get to compete each week on golf’s biggest stages including the major championships, where you can chase  your green jacket, a Grand Slam Title, race for the FedExCup, and more.

Throughout the season, each tournament has field sizes and entry requirements and that mirror its real life counterpart. So if you want to compete in golf’s biggest events, you’ll need to earn your spot just like the pros do.

During Career Mode gameplay, you can use the “AI Pairings” setting to play shot-for-shot against an AI PGA TOUR pro, or turn it off to speed up the round and concentrate solely on your game. 

The AI performance is based on official ShotLink data, so pros play each course and particular hole just like they would in real life.

Skill Progression and Shot Types

EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Career Mode uses an RPG style of progression where you’ll be able to build your golfer’s skill set over time as you put in playing hours. You can earn XP and skill points in the categories of power, driving, approach, short game and putting where you’ll be able to unlock new shot types and upgrade them from bronze to silver to gold and more.

With upgraded shot types you’ll have more strategic options on the course so you can succeed at more difficult courses.

You’ll be able to see your upgrades in your home base, The Season Hub where you’ll be able to view the entire calendar of events and track your career progression and other milestones through the “Career Mastery” tab.

In your Season Hub you’ll also be able to see your completed and available quests - sets of challenges categorized under either a course or a tournament. Completed quests will contribute to developing your skills and unlocking new shot types.

By completing different challenges you’ll also be able to earn ball and club specs which offer customizable performance characteristics across the areas of power, accuracy, control, and recovery. You can create a loadout that you prefer and then equip that club and ball spec into your bag.

You can also purchase PGA TOUR club specs from the store to equip clubs just like your favorite pros do.

Your golfer will have a variety of attributes that you’ll be able to influence by completing quests. They are detailed below. Utilizing skill points for each of the five skill categories not only unlocks new shot types, but also allows you to upgrade your golfer's attributes

  • Power influences your swing speed which determines the distance all of your shot go.
  • With higher accuracy comes a shot dispersion area and a smaller mishit window size. Your swing execution will also be more accurate.
  • With higher control attributes, your shot will have more natural spin and you’ll be able to shape your shot more as well as add more spin while your shot is in the air. The higher your control the more accurately you’ll be able to influence these parts of your play.
  • Carry distance penalty
  • The size of the range shown in the carry distance penalty window
  • Natural spin penalty
  • Shot shaping penalty
  • Spin control penalty
  • Mishit tolerance window penalty
  • Penalty for off-plane swings and mishits

So experience the authentic storytelling waiting for you in Career Mode and more in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR! And as always, we continue to take community feedback into account when making improvements and changes to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR.  Pre-order* EA SPORTS PGA TOUR now to get on the green three days early and more benefits

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The game’s best are in Augusta, Ga., this week for the 2024 Masters , the 1st major of the year. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is aiming for his 2nd green jacket as the overwhelming favorite, while defending champion Jon Rahm is back at Augusta National for the 1st time since joining LIV Golf.

Below, we search for the best value prop bets among the 2024 Masters odds and make our PGA Tour picks and predictions .

Scheffler comes into the Masters as the top-ranked player in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin poll, followed by Xander Schauffele at No. 2, Rory McIlroy at No. 3, Ludvig Aberg at No. 4 and Viktor Hovland rounding out the top 5. Rahm ranks 6th, one spot ahead of Patrick Cantlay .

Augusta National will play at 7,555 yards this week, 10 yards longer than it played last year. It’s still a par 72, of course, but it’s certainly a venue that favors longer hitters off the tee. Strokes gained: approach is a key metric when it comes to picking a Masters winner because Augusta is a 2nd-shot course, though players must also be good putters on the daunting greens with steep slopes and drop-offs.

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Jon Rahm (+240)

Rahm is the defending champion and comes into the week in great form. In 5 starts with LIV, he’s finished between 3rd and 8th each time, showing impressive consistency. In addition to winning the Masters last year, he also finished in the top 10 each year from 2019-21.

Brooks Koepka (+333)

Koepka lives for the majors. He won the PGA last year and tied for 2nd at Augusta, giving him 14 top-5 finishes in his major championship career. Even if he doesn’t break through and win the green jacket, I like his chances to finish in the top 5.

Tony Finau (+650)

Finau has never won a major and his putting could prevent him from bucking that trend this week. However, his ball-striking is good enough right now to land him a spot in the top 5 at Augusta, a place where he’s finished in the top 10 three times and top 5 once.

Masters – Top-10 picks

Will zalatoris (+240).

Zalatoris has only played the Masters twice but he’s finished 2nd and 6th in those 2 appearances. That’s a rock-solid record at a difficult course, but Zalatoris seems to thrive when the conditions are tougher. There are admittedly some concerns about his recent form after going MC-74th in his last 2 starts, but he was playing well before that.

Cameron Young (+350)

Similar to Koepka, Young tends to play his best golf in the majors. He has 4 top-10 finishes in the majors in the last 2 years alone, including a T-7 at the Masters in 2023. His high-draw ball flight fits well at Augusta, but he needs the putter to improve in order to contend.

Xander Schauffele (+140)

Schauffele is a top-10 machine in the majors. He has 11 top-10s in the majors during his career and the only time he’s finished outside the top 20 of a major in the last 2 years was at the Masters in 2022. He’s an excellent bet for a top-10 at Augusta again, which would be his 4th.

Hideki Matsuyama (+160)

Matsuyama comes into the week with his game firing on all cylinders. His history at Augusta is obviously very good, too, finishing 13th, 1st, 14th and 16th since 2020. This season, he’s finished in the top 22 in each of his last 5 starts, a stretch that includes 3 top-10s.

Corey Conners (+450)

Looking a bit further down the board, Conners is worth a bet for a top-10. He burned bettors last year when he missed the cut, but his ball-striking is always great and he finished in the top 10 at Augusta in 3 consecutive years from 2020-22.

Masters – Top-20 picks

Sahith theegala (+115).

Theegala has the type of creative game that has made Jordan Spieth so successful at Augusta, as well as Bubba Watson . He can shape the ball, flight it high or low and he’s putting it extremely well this season (13th in SG: putting).

Si Woo Kim (+175)

Kim has only finished inside the top 20 once in his Masters career (12th in 2021), but since 2018, he’s come in the top 40 each year. What makes him a particularly enticing bet is he has 6 top-25 finishes in 9 starts this season. Aside from his putting, Kim ranks in the top 27 in every other strokes-gained statistic.

Shane Lowry (+115)

Lowry is a former major champion so he checks that box and he’s finished top 20 in each of his last 3 starts on the PGA Tour this season. At the Masters, he’s finished 16th, 3rd, 21st and 25th in the last 4 years. So his form is solid and his course history is even better.

Other T20 contenders ( in order from longest odds to shortest ):

  • Nick Taylor (+350)
  • Akshay Bhatia (+225)

Masters – Matchups

Suggested play is golfer in bold .

Sungjae Im (-130) vs. Tom Kim (+100)

Betting on Im with his current form is risky, but Kim isn’t playing much better and he hasn’t played much due to an illness that forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship. Im has finished 16th, 8th and 2nd in 3 of his last 4 starts here.

Justin Rose (-110) vs. Rickie Fowler (-110)

This is more about fading Fowler than it is about buying Rose stock. Fowler hasn’t played the Masters since 2020 and his best finish this year was a T-35 at Riviera. He ranks 162nd in SG: total this season, too. At near-even money, take Rose over Rickie.

Shane Lowry (-110) vs. Collin Morikawa (-110)

In Morikawa’s last 3 starts this season, he’s missed the cut and finished 45th and 75th. Not great. Lowry is in stronger form and has better course history.

Masters – Top Korean

Si woo kim (+180).

Kim is the favorite to be the top Korean player over Byeong Hun An (+300), Im (+300) and Kim (+350). Neither Im nor Kim are playing well right now and An has missed the cut in 2 of 3 starts here.

Masters – Top debutant

Akshay bhatia (+700).

As long as his shoulder is OK, Bhatia is a good bet to be the top debutant. No one in this group has an advantage of course history, and with the way he shapes the ball right to left, he’s a great fit for Augusta. The drives he hit in San Antonio were spectacular and he looked to be in complete control of his golf ball. The biggest concerns here are Ludvig Aberg (+300) and Wyndham Clark (+333).

Masters – First-round leader

Cameron young (+4500).

Young shot 67 here last year and was tied for 4th. He’s teeing off late on Thursday, which could be favorable with storms expected earlier in the day, potentially softening up the greens for him later on.

Jordan Spieth (+2500)

Spieth has the 6th-most birdies in the Masters in the last 5 years, a span that doesn’t include his win or runner-up in 2015 and 2016. If he gets hot, he can really light it up and go low. He also tees off late on Thursday so that could be beneficial, as well.

Masters – To make the cut

Suggested play in bold .

  • Tiger Woods: YES ( +110 ) vs. No (-150)
  • Bryson DeChambeau: NO  ( +275 ) vs. Yes (-400)

Woods hasn’t missed the cut at the Masters since 1996. He’s seeking to make his 24th consecutive cut at Augusta, which would break Fred Couples’ record. At +110, it’s worth playing.

DeChambeau, on the other hand, has no business being -400 to make the cut. He’s missed the cut here in each of the last 2 years and hasn’t finished better than 29th since his debut in 2016 (21st).

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Group h winner: keegan bradley (+450).

Bradley has the longest odds in this group, which includes An (+300), Harris English (+300), Stephan Jaeger (+350) and Kurt Kitayama (+400). English is worrisome for Bradley’s chances, but Keegan’s game is a good fit for Augusta and it’s surprising that he hasn’t had better finishes – though he did come in 23rd last year.

Bogey-free Round 1: Xander Schauffele (+1400)

Schauffele is 2nd in bogey avoidance this season and he’s the type of steady player who’s capable of putting together a clean card in the 1st round. He stays out of trouble and is good around the greens so he’ll consistently make up-and-down when he misses the green.

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Draws and Fades: Bet on Akshay Bhatia closing it out in Texas

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With a four-shot cushion heading into Sunday's final round in San Antonio, Akshay Bhatia is trying to capture is second PGA TOUR victory at the Valero Texas Open, and do so in rare wire-to-wire fashion.

Bhatia was a winner last season at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, California, but a win here at the Valero will not only extend his TOUR card and collect 500 valuable FedExCup points, but also springboard him into next week's field at the Masters. Bhatia qualified for and made the cut at the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines but otherwise, the 22-year-old hasn’t competed in the major championships.

Heading into Saturday's third round, the odds on Bhatia to win had dipped overnight from +140 to +135 with BetMGM Sportsbook. Heading into Sunday, currently at 15-under par, he is now -350 to get it done.

Denny McCarthy, seeking his first TOUR victory, is in second at 11-under. Another three shots separates McCarthy from Brendon Todd while Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Henley sit at 7-under. Ludvig Åberg is at 6-under and four players round out the top-10 on the leaderboard at 5-under, including Alex Noren and pre-tournament favorite, Rory McIlroy.

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McIlroy began his Saturday in San Antonio six shots off the lead and was the second favorite at +600 to win the Valero Texas Open. He too began his Saturday with a double-bogey and his price quickly doubled to +1200. At the conclusion of Saturday's action, McIlroy dipped to into triple-digit territory at +10000 going into Sunday's finale.

It looks as if Friday is going to serve as the most difficult day as far as weather conditions. Winds died down somewhat on Saturday and they are expected to calm even more so on Sunday. Some showers may soften up the golf course overnight and the forecast is calling for winds to max out around 10mph.

Not only is a four-shot lead a huge factor for Bhatia but benign conditions are as well. If the elements are going to make it tough for Bhatia to give any strokes back, the chasers are at an even bigger disadvantage.

Here are the latest outright odds from BetMGM Sportsbook.

  • -350: Akshay Bhatia (15-under, first)
  • +400: Denny McCarthy (11-under, second)
  • +3300: Brendon Todd (8-under, third)
  • +3300: Hideki Matsuyama (7-under, T4)
  • +5000: Russell Henley (7-under, T4)
  • +6600: Ludvig Åberg (6-under, sixth)
  • +10000: Rory McIlroy (5-under, T11)
  • +25000: Alex Noren (5-under, T11)
  • +50000: Jordan Spieth (3-under, T17)

Akshay Bhatia (-350)

It feels like very risky business to lay such a price with 18 holes left to play but the truth is, it is probably the best value number on the board heading into Sunday. The -350 odds imply roughly a 78% chance of probability. It makes sense, given what is in front of him, that Bhatia would go on to win this event close to eight out of 10 times. He is No. 1 in this field or SG: Approach and Greens in Regulation. He ranks fifth in SG: Off the Tee and is 19th for SG: Putting. Even if the putting falls off slightly, which it did during Friday's round, the ball-striking has been too good to take him too far off course. He's led the field in GIR from day one. If that continues, he can probably two-putt his way around this course on Sunday and still book his trip to Georgia next week.

Russell Henley (+5000)

Russell Henley sends in 16-footer for birdie at Valero

From a price perspective, this is probably not long enough - again, given the situation so heavily in favor of Bhatia. But Henley, in my eyes, has the best chance of putting together an outlier-type low round and challenging the leader. He's been incredibly steady, shooting rounds of 69-69-71. The only area in which he has really been lacking is in SG: Around the Green. If that were to improve dramatically on Sunday, which is very possible, he has a chance to make a charge. If one is going to get involved prior to the final round, my top recommendation is Bhatia but Henley feels like a long shot that has excellent potential upside with a price big enough that is worth a small flyer.

Rory McIlroy (+10000)

I would not recommend having visions of grandeur here and expect any miracles out of McIlroy on Sunday. It was a question mark, pre-tournament, how focused he would be to win here this week with another crack at the career grand slam on tap next week. McIlroy has performed well, as he often does the week prior to a major championship - but now, winning this tournament is no longer realistic and McIlroy knows that. This may be where the "tune-up" for next week truly kicks in - working on some things, trying to straighten out any kinks he's feeling in his game, and getting out of Dodge and on to Augusta, Georgia, as soon as possible. Yes, he might play fine on Sunday but I can't imagine his slim chances will translate into the final round grabbing his full attention. When McIlroy is near the top of a leaderboard, we are always paying a premium because of his star-power and popularity. Even at +10000, the situation is no different this week as I estimate his price ought to be closer to three times this number.

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How insane was the line Jordan Spieth took during the final hole of Saturday’s third round at the Valero Texas Open ?

It was still the talk of the tournament nearly 24 hours later, at least until Denny McCarthy rallied to force a playoff with Akshay Bhatia.

After pulling his drive left through the fairway on the 618-yard par 5, Spieth’s second shot ended up near a drainage ditch in an area. It appeared like he’d punch the ball back into the fairway, but then turned the opposite way and launched a wedge that found a gutter atop the TPC San Antonio clubhouse. The move had social media buzzing.

Spieth wound up making double-bogey after three-putting and he said Sunday that he regretted his decision-making process.

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“I should have just hit it left-handed out into the fairway. I thought I could get it — I asked the rules official, he told me there’s no out-of-bounds and that if you could get it up here and you know where it is, then you drop it by the scoreboard, which is better than if I were to hit it lefty up towards the fairway,” Spieth explained. “So I tried. It didn’t come out very good and sure enough I was left with the same kind of situation on the next shot and then I did it. If I didn’t three-putt, I maybe felt like I would have saved a shot, but ultimately I could have just re-teed and made a better score.

“It looks weird. I actually played a really, really solid tee-to-green golf course this week and of course highlighted by a weird hole yesterday that makes it look all crazy. But I was just asking questions and to be honest, if it was out of play here, I probably would have made a better score playing the normal route out. I thought I could finagle a stroke, saving a stroke out of it and it didn’t quite do so.”

Spieth said he did not intend to hit the ball on top of the clubhouse, but merely was trying to advance it far enough for a good drop.

“I just needed to get it far enough up to where I would be close enough to the pin to where my drop would be past the hazard,” Spieth said. “So I had to get it far, but you still had to know where the ball was.”

The former University of Texas star rounded out the week with a 69, putting him into a tie for 10th place on the week at 6 under. He also finished the day with a birdie on 18, avoiding any gutters along the way.

“I had come off two missed cuts so I wanted to kind of find out really where I’m at and really feel like I made progress. I felt like my game’s actually been in a better place than other years and it just hasn’t shown for it in the last six, eight weeks. But I wasn’t exactly sure,” Spieth said. “So I think it proved it this week. A couple mistakes. I played the par 5s over par, which is one of my best stats of the year, and I lost like three around the greens, which is also a strength of mine. So it was a very weird. So if I just do those things normal, I’ve got a chance to win. And there’s always ifs, ands and buts.

“I feel like I came into the week unsure if I was confident in being able to win next week and I think I come out of it saying I’ve got a couple things I’ve got to work on, but overall I think I’m in a good place to be able to have a chance. Mission accomplished in that sense, but I do wish that I didn’t kind of give away a few that I gave away this week.”

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Scheffler has already won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and defended his title at The Players this year, with the 2022 Masters champion arriving off the back of a runner-up finish at last month's Texas Children's Houston Open.

The American was unable to defend the Green Jacket last year, finishing 10th as Jon Rahm claimed a four-shot win, although Scheffler will have another opportunity to join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson as players this century to win multiple editions of The Masters.

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" Jason Day has really started to come into form over the past couple of years again. He was very unfortunate last year when vertigo returned and he struggled to a final-round 80, but still registered a top-40 finish that week.

"He's one of the best putters in the world and has started to play well again. Day was second there in 2011 and likes a low score around Augusta National."

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" Adrian Meronk is one of the LIV Golf players here and is a long shot to impress. I love his game and I think Augusta National suits him with the way that he hits it."

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"There are no weaknesses for Tommy Fleetwood and I really like that his iron play is going to be able to find the compartments on the greens. It looks like there are big greens at Augusta National but there's not.

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"Fleetwood is a great all-rounder and has pinpoint nature with his iron play. He will be brilliant at that, has the distance control needed and is tidy around the greens when you do miss them, which is going to happen around there."

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"I think Tommy Fleetwood to break out and win a major. He's a right-to-left player and he has a great type of game for Augusta. He's improved in our two years together in pretty much every aspect of his game.

"He's a very consistent player and he handles the situation well when he gets in there. He had a good chance to win two majors last year, has won on the DP World Tour but hasn't won over here.

"I think he's ready to break out. I think he's going to give himself a great chance and he's playing with a lot of confidence. As a person who just thinks Tommy is not just one of the best players in the world, but one of the nicest guys in the world, too, I hope he can get it done."

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"Will Zalatoris is slowly showing a return to form after a serious back injury.

"He has performed very well in majors in the past, with three runner-up finishes, and has proven stellar play from tee to green - an absolute must nowadays around Augusta National."

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"Despite seven runner-up finishes without winning on the PGA Tour, I don't think Cameron Young has done a lot wrong when in contention. On several of those occasions, others in the chasing pack have produced special shots or moments to defeat him.

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"A long shot perhaps to win your first event at Augusta National, but I think it's a possibility!"

Wayne Riley

" Joaquin Niemann is playing so well in the LIV Golf League right now and must be delighted to get an invite to The Masters, which could be a good sign on how the game is maybe getting closer to coming together. Would it really be that much of a surprise if Niemann won?"

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McIlroy has had 20 major top-10s since winning the PGA Championship for a second time in 2014, the most recent of his four major titles, with the Northern Irishman still searching for the only major required to complete the career Grand Slam.

The 34-year-old made a strong start to the year on the DP World Tour but failed to replicate that on the PGA Tour, going into the Valero Texas Open having failed to finish higher than 19th in his previous five appearances.

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McIlroy has four top-fives at Augusta National, including a runner-up finish behind Scheffler in 2022, with former PGA champion Rich Beem believing he will be motivated to end his major drought.

"You'd be stupid not to pick Scheffler right now because he's obviously the hottest and greatest player in the world, but I'm going to go with McIlroy," Beem told Sky Sports . "I think McIlroy can play his absolute best when he has a chip on his shoulder, and I think he has a chip on his shoulder right now.

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"He hasn't been playing at his best. He may have got the win in Dubai earlier in the year, but he hasn't really produced anything on the PGA Tour this season. Scheffler has all the focus right now and I can see that firing him up for sure.

"The weight of the career Grand Slam is going to be there but I think he's going to focus more on the fact that Scheffler is getting all the attention, and I don't think that sits well with him."

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World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler comes into this week's Masters as a unifying force in a divided golf world, playing the type of game that has grabbed the attention of fans everywhere.

As the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV circuit try to iron out an agreement, the reality that fans are the big losers in their feud is sinking in. The majors have always attracted elite fields but the buzz around this Masters has been dialled up several notches with most of the world's top players set to go toe-to-toe for the first time since the British Open last July.

"It's going to be great to see all these great players together," said twice major winner and broadcaster Andy North. "That's what we want to see as fans and as broadcasters, to be able to get the best against the best.

"To get (Jon) Rahm and (Brooks) Koepka and these guys here to play on the same golf course at the same time as everybody else, I think is really important for our game."

Lured to the breakaway circuit by huge pay-days, LIV headliners Rahm, Koepka and others poached from the PGA Tour have been happily counting their money but largely out of the golfing spotlight.

With those big-name departures the PGA Tour has lost currency, seriously diminishing their product but now a golfer of some consequence is starting to emerge from the chaos.

Scheffler is not an unknown commodity. He has won a major and seven other PGA Tour titles, including two this season.

The 27-year-old American is a modest man - when he won the 2022 Masters he said his big splurge was a hot tub - but he is widely seen as the best golfer on the planet by a mile, even by world number two Rory McIlroy.

Statistically, he has entered Tiger Woods territory.

McIlroy said at the end of last year that Scheffler was having perhaps the best ball-striking season of all time, which would top Woods's 2000 campaign.

This season he is posting even better results.

Of the eight PGA Tour events Scheffler has entered this year he has finished no worse than 10th in all but one.

With back-to-back wins at the Arnold Palmer and Players championship and a runner-up finish at the Houston Open, Scheffler is the hot favourite to slip into the Green Jacket on Sunday.

If Scheffler does become the first to successfully defend his Masters crown since Woods in 2002 he could become the marquee golfer the sport needs as it navigates the LIV Golf and PGA Tour storm.

When play begins on Thursday, Scheffler will be the focus of attention but as always there are others at Augusta National who will grab the galleries' attention.

Rahm won the Masters last year as a member of the PGA Tour but returns to defend the Green Jacket as an employee of LIV Golf.

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The Spaniard is among 13 LIV golfers in the field which includes Koepka and evergreen Phil Mickelson, who finished runner-up at last year's Masters.

Woods maintains he never enters an event if he does not believe he can win but even he would have to view his chances of a sixth Green Jacket as a long shot.

The 15-times major winner has never missed the cut at the Masters as a professional but that run of 23 consecutive cuts made could be in danger.

The 48-year-old has made one PGA Tour start this year and that lasted just 24 holes.

Willing himself around Augusta's rolling layout for 72 holes may be too much to ask of Woods's battered back and leg.

McIlroy, who yearns to complete the career Grand Slam, has declared his love for Augusta but the Masters has never returned his affection.

It has been a decade since the hugely popular Northern Irishman's last major win and there have been heartbreaking near misses at the Masters, such as in 2011 when he began the final round with a four-shot lead only to suffer a harrowing back-nine collapse.

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    Golf requires creativity—an ability to think outside the box and navigate treacherous obstacles and terrain with an arsenal of shot types. PGA TOUR 2K23 boasts all of the shot types you're accustomed to using in real life, but allows you to execute them with perhaps a little more precision. Understanding how to utilize the shot types, shot shaping, and True Shot technology can be the ...

  5. EA Sports PGA Tour

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  6. PGA Tour 2k21

    All shot types explained!Normal shot - 0:00Pitch shot - 01:43Chip shot - 02:49Splash shot - 04:27Flop shot - 05:36Any questions? Leave them in the comments!M...

  7. How to Shot Shape and Control Ball Spin in EA Sports PGA Tour

    Shot Type . With so many shot types to pick from in EA Sports PGA Tour, here is an explanation of how the most used ones will affect the spin of the ball.

  8. EA Sports PGA Tour Shot Guide

    The game is in a great shape after the last EA Sports PGA TOUR updates and fixes. Yet many have criticized the game's lack of tutorial or more explanations on the shot types. Golf, in general, is not an easy game to play. So understanding the shot types is as crucial as the uses of power and projection.

  9. EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ Pure Strike Gameplay Deep Dive

    With EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, Pure Strike's unique course dynamics and new ball behavior make each course experience unique and true-to-life, shot types impact your strategy, and more. If you'd like to learn more about gameplay in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR, read about shot types here and watch the full gameplay deep dive here. Pre-order now!*.

  10. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Gameplay Features

    The 20 different Shot Types in EA SPORTS PGA TOUR give golfers all the tools to attack every hole like a pro. Learn More Course Dynamics. Lifelike Course Dynamics ensure no two golf courses play the same. Every fairway, green, and rough is meticulously scanned, handcrafted, and uniquely tuned to simulate the individual nuances of different ...

  11. EA Sports PGA Tour Gameplay Trailer, Pure Strike Blog and Shot Types

    Published: Jan 19, 2023 4:08 PM PST. EA revealed their official gameplay trailer for EA Sports PGA Tour featuring former professional golfer and current commentator Iona Stephen. The trailer shows some of the various shot types, classic mechanics, putting, ball behavior and more. Make sure to read our featured article from this morning for ...

  12. EA Sports PGA Tour Shot Types

    BUY NOW - Best Jordan golf shoes 2023 EA Sports PGA Tour Shot Types. Taking to the course in EA Sports PGA Tour is not as easy as rolling up and whacking the ball down the fairway, you have a ...

  13. BEST SHOT TYPES & How to Master them in EA Sports PGA Tour 2023

    BEST SHOT TYPES & How to use them in EA Sports PGA Tour 2023! Learn all about golfer shot types including how to unlock shot types, upgrade shot types, and e...

  14. A pro's 3 secrets to shaping shots with your driver

    A pro's 3 secrets to shaping shots with your driver. Min Woo Lee, one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, shares his three tips to improve your distance and shot types with your driver ...

  15. All Shot Types In EA Sports PGA Tour

    EA Sports PGA Tour is still a very enjoyable game to play. One of my favorite parts is the details in this game, including the many shot types they included in the game. In total there are 20 different shot types as shown believe with the badge/logos in the photo below.

  16. All EA Sports PGA Tour

    EA tackled every aspect of golf with their reintroduction title: EA Sports PGA Tour - Road to the Masters. One of the simulator's prime features is the shot type and the many selections. All-in-all, there are 20 different shot types to choose from to ensure you have a solution for every situation, whether you land in the rough, bunker, or ...

  17. EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ Shot Types Deep Dive

    For the latest PGA Tour news check out our News Page!. Check out the 20 game-changing shot types coming to EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ As the most advanced EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ game yet, gameplay innovations are everywhere you look, and this year when you step up to the ball, you've got more control over the game with shot types.

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    Shot type is the difference between birdies, pars, and bogeys. Ashley Anthony. |. Published: Apr 10, 2023 2:31 PM PDT. Recommended Videos. Read all about EA Sports PGA Tour - Road to the Master shot types and variations here. There are said to be 1300 different variations.

  19. EA Sports PGA Tour 2023: How to Unlock Skills and Shot Types Guide

    These skill nodes will unlock Shot Types. Hover your cursor over any of these skills and a small pop-up will appear telling you which Shot Types the skill will unlock. It will also tell you if there are any extra requirements, such as another skill. Meet the requirements listed and the Shot Type will be unlocked!

  20. Best Shot Types for Each Distance in EA Sports PGA Tour

    The title of the best Putting Shot type in EA Sports PGA Tour in our opinion goes to Chip. This shot will get the ball in the air and have it rolling quickly. If you combine it with a 60 Wedge or 7 Iron, it can be a great, easy-to-control finishing move.

  21. Shot Types : r/EASportsPGATour

    Drive: A standard full swing shot to get consistent distance and accuracy off the tee. Power Drive: A more powerful full swing when the golfer wants to get more distance off the tee. It comes with a slightly larger shot dispersion than the Drive as a result of the extra effort put into the swing. Stinger: A really low and powerful shot that ...

  22. Putting Shot Types In EA Sports PGA Tour

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  23. EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™

    Tee off at Augusta National where you can compete for a Green Jacket. - Play unique challenges and complete quests inspired by the Masters. - Access exciting new content, golf gear drops to customize your golfer, and online tournaments to test your skills on the course. The exclusive home of the Majors, EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ features Pure ...

  24. EA SPORTS™ PGA TOUR™ Career Mode Deep Dive

    Skill Progression and Shot Types. EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Career Mode uses an RPG style of progression where you'll be able to build your golfer's skill set over time as you put in playing hours. You can earn XP and skill points in the categories of power, driving, approach, short game and putting where you'll be able to unlock new shot types ...

  25. 2024 Masters prop bet picks and PGA Tour predictions

    The game's best are in Augusta, Ga., this week for the 2024 Masters, the 1st major of the year.World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler is aiming for his 2nd green jacket as the overwhelming favorite, while defending champion Jon Rahm is back at Augusta National for the 1st time since joining LIV Golf.. Below, we search for the best value prop bets among the 2024 Masters odds and make our PGA Tour ...

  26. Christo Lamprecht, 6-foot-8, does not have his head in clouds

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  27. Draws and Fades: Bet on Akshay Bhatia closing it out in Texas

    Written by Brady Kannon @lasvegasgolfer. With a four-shot cushion heading into Sunday's final round in San Antonio, Akshay Bhatia is trying to capture is second PGA TOUR victory at the Valero ...

  28. Jordan Spieth explains his gutterball shot from the Valero ...

    The move had social media buzzing. Spieth wound up making double-bogey after three-putting and he said Sunday that he regretted his decision-making process. Jordan Spieth plays a ball on the 18th hole during the third round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on April 6, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Brennan Asplen/Getty Images)

  29. Who will win The Masters? Sky Sports Golf pundits predict who could

    The 34-year-old made a strong start to the year on the DP World Tour but failed to replicate that on the PGA Tour, going into the Valero Texas Open having failed to finish higher than 19th in his ...

  30. Golf: Masters brings together players divided by PGA Tour and LIV

    The 48-year-old has made one PGA Tour start this year and that lasted just 24 holes. Willing himself around Augusta's rolling layout for 72 holes may be too much to ask of Woods's battered back ...