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Big Play With Michael Breed

March 01, 2004
March 01, 2004

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Big Play With Michael Breed

Mike Weir is a good putter, but the real strength of his game is
his wedge play, as he showed by stiffing a delicate pitch on the
final hole to win at Riviera

This is an article from the March 1, 2004 issue

ANALYSIS

Mike Weir ranked first in putting at the Nissan Open but was a
less impressive 50th in greens hit in regulation, so he had to
rely on his bulletproof wedge game to bail him out. Weir has
perfect technique on shots around the green, keeping his hands
passive while rotating his body back and through to create a
shallow angle of attack. That enables Weir to hit pitches that
land softly and to control the spin on the ball, even from the
wet and thick kikuyu rough he had to play out of near the 18th
green at Riviera.

THE TIP

ROTATE YOUR BODY ON SHORT SHOTS

Many people struggle around the green because they keep their
upper body still and swing almost exclusively with their hands
and arms (WRONG). To be consistent with short shots, the upper
body has to control the swing by rotating back and through while
the hands and arms remain quiet. To do that, try to keep the
clubhead directly in front of your sternum during both the
backswing (RIGHT) and the follow-through.

AND ANOTHER THING ...

"If Tiger Woods doesn't win a tournament through the Masters,
he'll start working again with swing coach Butch Harmon."

"The Champions tour rookie of the year will be Mark McNulty. He
putts as well as anybody on any tour--last week he had only 75
putts while winning his debut."

"If Michelle Wie plays on the men's team in college, it'll be a
slap in the face to women's golf at all levels."

COLOR PHOTO: ERICK W. RASCO (BREED, 3)COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY OF ABC (WEIR)COLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: ERICK W. RASCO (BREED, 3)/JIM GUND (BACKGROUND) RIGHTCOLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: ERICK W. RASCO (BREED, 3)/JIM GUND (BACKGROUND) WRONG

Michael Breed teaches at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale,
N.Y., and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.