Big Play With Dana Rader

March 08, 2004

Tiger Woods looks as if he's out of control in the deep rough,
but he's not, as he showed by nearly holing a 158-yard wedge on
the 25th hole on Sunday

ANALYSIS

Woods is the only Tour player who regularly hits precision shots
with no sidespin from nasty rough. He does so by using a swing
that's radically different from his standard action. On the
downswing and follow-through, Woods stays on his right side and
torques his torso away from the ball, creating enormous leverage
and power. Also, his left wrist and arm stay firm, which keeps
the clubhead square to the target as it accelerates through the
grass.

THE TIP

TOSS A TWO-BY-FOUR FROM HEAVY ROUGH

A conventional swing doesn't work in thick rough because you
can't generate enough power to drive the clubhead through the
grass while keeping it square to the target. The key is to keep
your weight on the right side, falling back a bit and keeping the
left arm and wrist firm while rotating to the finish. In the
rough I imagine that I'm swinging a two-by-four, hammering it
down at the ball and then tossing it toward the target.

AND ANOTHER THING ...

"Annika Sorenstam's goal of winning the Grand Slam isn't a dream.
She'll win at least three majors this year."

"Marrying a woman with three children will give David Duval a
sense of purpose and clear his head, and I think he'll win a
tournament this season."

"IF ALLOWED, men would definitely play on the LPGA tour."

COLOR PHOTO: ANDREW GOMBERT COLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: ANDREW GOMBERT/JIM GUND (BACKGROUND) COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY OF ABC (WOODS)

Dana Rader teaches at the Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte and is a
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)