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Big Play With Gerald McCullagh

March 29, 2004
March 29, 2004

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March 29, 2004

Big Play With Gerald McCullagh

Despite a quirky, self-taught swing, Chad Campbell has the Tour's
most lethal iron game, as he showed with a superb three-iron at
17 to seal his Bay Hill win

This is an article from the March 29, 2004 issue

ANALYSIS

The popular theory on Tour is that you must change your swing to
improve. That's rubbish. Just look at Chad Campbell. No pro would
teach Campbell's unconventional style, in which he keeps the club
low and on a flat plane going back to keep his right arm
connected to his body, as Ben Hogan did. But Campbell has used
the same swing since childhood, and he's been a champion at every
level of the game. Sometimes swing changes are necessary, but
more often the path to improvement is simply in the dirt.

THE TIP

KEEP THE RIGHT ARM CONNECTED

The upper half of your right arm must stay connected to your
torso (touching or almost touching it) during the first half of
the backswing. The handkerchief drill can help you learn the
correct technique. Put a handkerchief under your right armpit and
hit balls with a half-to three-quarter-length swing. If the
handkerchief falls out, you've lifted your arm too far from your
body.

AND ANOTHER THING...

"I was appalled by the arrogance Stuart Appleby displayed by
driving his Lamborghini to Bay Hill. Tour pros should be humble
in public."

"Sergio Garcia won't win another Tour event until he goes back to
his old, natural swing."

"Johnny Miller is way too critical of the players and needs to
tone down his act or he's going to make some real enemies."

COLOR PHOTO: ERICK W. RASCO COLOR PHOTOMONTAGE: ERICK W. RASCO/JIM GUND (BACKGROUND)COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY OF NBC (CAMPBELL)

McCullagh teaches at Golden Valley (Minn.) Golf and Country Club
and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.