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Big Play with Tom Patri

Oct. 16, 2006
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WHO: Davis LoveIII

This is an article from the Oct. 16, 2006 issue

WHAT: Seven-ironto nine feet for birdie

WHERE: 442-yardpar-4 14th hole at Forest Oaks

WHEN: Final roundof the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

Instead ofsulking after a poor season during which he missed the Ryder Cup, Love retooledhis swing and rejuvenated his attitude. So while the other contenders wilted onSunday, Love knocked down flagsticks. It seems as if he used to halt his pivotand not release the club, which resulted in weak, blocked shots. Now heaggressively rotates his torso to release the club and keep it on plane, as hedid on his sparkling approach at 14.

TOM's TIP
Swing Under a Dowel to Fix a Push

To correct weakshots that go right, try my dowel drill. Stick a four-foot dowel in the turf sothe bottom is two inches outside the target line and six inches ahead of yourlead foot. The dowel should mirror the angle of your club shaft at address. Hithalf shots with a mid-iron, keeping your hands below the dowel. The club shouldnot touch the dowel as you release the clubhead and swing up the inclinedplane.

Patri teaches atthe Health Club of Naples (Fla.).

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Chip Beck ismy comeback player of the year. He has gone from selling his house and hawkinginsurance to starring on the Champions tour."

>>>ANSWERS <<<

Who Am I? ... C)Wes Short Jr. (left)

Trivia Ernie Elshas the PGA Tour's longest active streak of consecutive cuts made with 40. Thelast time Els missed a cut was at the Bay Hill Invitational in March 2004.

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP100 TEACHERS POLL

Who should be theLPGA player of the year?

Lorena Ochoa45%

Annika Sorenstam16%

Karrie Webb39%

"Four wins,17 top 10s. That's a hell of a year on any tour."

--JIM MURPHY,SUGAR CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

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