WHO: Mark Calcavecchia
WHAT: 184-yard six-iron to six feet
WHERE: Par-4 18th at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
WHEN: Final round of the Bell Canadian Open
September 18, 2005
Calcavecchia is 13th on the Tour's career money list (with $18.2 million) because he's one of the alltime great faders of the ball. Setting up way left of the target, he aggressively slides his body forward while holding back his arms and hands until his fast pivot releases them just before impact. The result is a high, soft fade--a much more reliable shot than a draw.
To hit a high fade, stand with your feet and shoulders open to the target line with the ball inside your front foot. Then swing along your body and "hold" the release a little longer than normal. To learn how to hold the release, stand in a bunker with your front foot parallel to the lip of the sand trap. With pitch-shot-sized swings, let your body's pivot pull your arms and the club through impact. Your wrists shouldn't break, and the clubhead should hit squarely into the lip.
Jim Suttie teaches at The Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla., and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.
Hit the Lip to Hold The Release
... AND ANOTHER THING
"If the U.S. wants to win the Ryder Cup, the men should follow the example of the American Solheim Cuppers, who put their egos aside and played hard for their country."