BIG PLAY

May 01, 2005

WHO: JOHN DALY

WHAT: THREE-WOOD TEE SHOT INTO THE WATER

WHERE: PAR-4 18TH AT REDSTONE

WHEN: FIRST HOLE OF THE PLAYOFF AT THE SHELL HOUSTON OPEN

WHY

The hook that cost Daly is the same bad shot that used to creep into Singh's game at crunch time, and it's something that Vijay has worked hard to correct. To take the left side out of play, Singh practices getting his club face open at the top with a simple drill that forces him to swing more from the outside in, producing a soft fade.

Push a shaft into the turf a foot to the right of your back foot. The tip should enter the ground halfway between the toe line and the target line, and the shaft should replicate the angle of your club shaft at address. Then put a plastic bottle a few inches in front of the ball to the right of the target line (inset). The goal is to swing the club above the shaft without hitting the bottle. After impact, the clubhead should travel slightly left of the target line while the ball starts out straight at the target.

Britton teaches at Eagle Oaks Golf Club in Farmingdale, N.J., and played on the PGA Tour from 1980 to '95.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"Fred Funk's Players Championship victory was more impressive than Jack Nicklaus's '86 Masters win. Funk beat a stronger field and, at 48, was two years older."

TWO COLOR PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO; JIM GUND (Background) COLOR PHOTOERICK W. RASCO BILL'S TIP Learn to Fade Vijay's Way COLOR PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (DALY)

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)