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Big Play with Mike Lopuszynski

Aug. 14, 2006
Aug. 14, 2006

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Aug. 14, 2006

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Big Play with Mike Lopuszynski

WHO: TigerWoods

This is an article from the Aug. 14, 2006 issue

WHAT: Drivehooked into the trees

WHERE: 340-yardpar-4 12th hole at Warwick Hills

WHEN: Final roundof the Buick Open

WHY
At 7,561 yards, Medinah is a lot longer than both Warwick Hills and Hoylake, sowhile he may be able to play conservatively off the tee sometimes, Woods willhave to hit driver. And as he showed on the back nine on Sunday--when he hitthree hooks and a block with the big dog--the driver can still get him introuble. He swings so hard with the driver that he often gets his arms stuckbehind his rotating body, causing wild pushes and pulls.

MIKE'S TIP

My Half-PumpDrill Keeps You on Plane

To hit the driverstraight, you must have the club on plane halfway down and your arms in frontof you. To groove the position, try hitting shots at half speed with asix-iron. Swing back to the top, pause, then bring the club halfway down andpause again. The shaft should be parallel to the ground and to your toe line(YES). Swing back to the top, pause, come halfway down again and pause. Nowswing back to the top and, without pausing, hit the ball.

Mike Lopuszynskiteaches at the David Glenz Golf Academy in Hamburg, N.J.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"If you askedevery player at a Tour event, Are you here to win? maybe 10 would honestlyanswer yes. Fat purses have created a place where mediocrity reigns."

GOLF MAGAZINE

TOP 100

TEACHERS POLL

Would you take Tiger Woods or the field to win the PGAChampionship?

Woods ...55%

Field ...45%

"He can smell 19. Full steam ahead now."

--MIKE PERPICH, RIVERPINES GOLF

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (WOODS, TOP)FOUR PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (LOPUSZYNSKI, 4, AND BACKGROUND)FOUR PHOTOSDAVID WALBERG (PEPPER); CHARLIE CORTEZ/THE OAKLAND PRESS/AP (FURYK); CHRIS GARDNER/AP (PAK); CARLOS OSORIO/AP (WOODS)