WHO Tommy (Two
WHAT 50-yard wedge
to six feet
par-4 8th hole at Orange County National's Panther Lake course
WHEN Fifth round
of the PGA Tour Q school
WHY Gainey, 32,
who got a Tour card on his seventh trip to Q school, will be an impact rookie
because he has character. Over the years Gainey has worked on a water-heater
assembly line and delivered furniture. Now he plays golf without fear, proven
by his gutsy par at the 8th after a poor approach left him 50�yards short
of the green. I also like his unwillingness to abandon his unorthodox ways: He
wears two gloves, puts his putter cover in his back pocket on the green and has
a wildly unorthodox swing. I hope he sticks to the things that got him to where
he is today.
On 50- to 75-yard
wedge shots you need a steep angle of attack to make clean contact and compress
the ball. Practice by placing a two-by-four, or something of a similar size, a
foot behind your ball and be sure your club doesn't touch the board on the way
back and through. That will force you to cock your wrists quickly on the
backswing and strike the ball with a descending blow.
"I give Tiger
Woods a 50-50 chance of winning the Grand Slam in one of the next couple of
Mike Lopuszynski teaches at the David Glenz Golf Academy in Vernon, N.J.