The second major of the 2019 season is here. It's a new date for the PGA Championship, which has moved from steamy August to this new week in temperate May. To ring in the change, the PGA is heading to "The People's Country Club", the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in New York.
By all accounts, Bethpage is a beast — long (par-71, 7,468 yards), with huge bunkers, challenging elevation and some of the thickest, lushest rough the players will see this year. And with cool, wet weather in the forecast, this iconic track is likely to play even longer.
Needless to say, driving will be at a premium at Bethpage Black and for some advice, we reached out to Titleist staff member Mark Blackburn, who shares his most important keys to hitting it long and keeping it on the short grass when you're facing a big golf course like The Black.
To learn more about Mark's teaching and to take your game to the next level at The Blackburn Golf Academy, visit Blackburn Golf.
And for additional tips to help you play better on long, demanding courses like Bethpage Black, check out the following:
Justin Parsons - Getting Strategic on Long Par-3 Holes
Jack Druga - How to Use the Bounce on Your Sand Wedge
Jonathan Yarwood - Whip It for More Driver Speed
Mark Crossfield - Use the Ground for Longer Golf Shots