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July 24, 2006
July 24, 2006

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July 24, 2006

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Big Play

By with Michael Hebron

WHO: JohnSenden
WHAT: 50-foot greenside bunker shot to five inches
WHERE: 463-yard par-4 18th hole at the TPC at Deere Run
WHEN: Final round of the John Deere Classic

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WHY
Senden won for the first time on the PGA Tour because his timing and rhythmwere consistent from tee to green--his tempo never changed on shots of varyinglengths. Leading J.P. Hayes by a shot on 18, Senden maintained his comfortabletempo while executing the most important bunker shot of his career. Thesynchronicity also allowed him to lead the field in birdies (24) and tie forsecond in greens hit in regulation (81%).

MICHAEL'STIP
Use Spare Change To Master Tempo

Research showsthat the stroke for a five-foot putt and a full swing should take the sameamount of time from the start of the swing to impact. To fine-tune your timing,place a coin on the top of your putter and swing the club back and forth. Ifyou're swinging in tempo, the coin will stay on top of the putter. Rememberthat rhythm, and transfer it to your full swing.

Michael Hebronteaches at Smithtown Landing Golf Club in Smithtown, N.Y.

... AND ANOTHERTHING
"It's selfish for Nancy Lopez to say that as a woman Michelle Wie has anobligation to play solely on the LPGA tour. Wie can do what she wants."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Does Michelle Wie have the game to compete on the PGATour?

Yes ..... 36%
No ..... 64%

"Given the chance to play on a regular basis,she'd become competitive."  --KEVIN WALKER NANTUCKET (MASS.) GOLFCLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF ABC (SENDEN)FOUR PHOTOSGINA HOUSEMAN (HEBRON, 4); CHUCK SOLOMON (BACKGROUND)PHOTODAVID BERGMAN (WIE BOTTOM)