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Looking Up
Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy offer similar advice on how to improve your game 
  Jim Gorant // 11.7.2019

How do you get better at golf?

That question was pinging around the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last week after Xander Schauffele reportedly told a junior during a clinic that the key to improving was to play with people better than you are, preferably ones you don’t like.

Rory McIlroy endorsed that sentiment, to a point. “You don’t have to not like the person that you’re playing with, but I think it’s a wonderful piece of advice to find people that are better than you and to play with them, because it shows you what you need to do to get to that next level.”

So, who is right? McIlroy’s version of this golf tip probably appeals more to anyone who has seen 30 come and go, since life and spare time are too rare to spend playing with unlikable sorts. But for a junior player, such as the one who approached Schauffele, the extra motivation of trying to outdo someone who gets under your skin seems like a sound approach.

Of course, there’s another way to go: You can simply be a golf phenom. As Rory explains: “For me, I was always the youngest to play, whether it be at my home golf club or in competitions, so I was always playing with people that were better than me, and that made me a better player.”

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