Big Play with Michael Hebron

November 27, 2006

WHO: JulietaGranada

WHAT: Drive intothe fairway

WHERE: 420-yardpar-4 18th hole at Trump International

WHEN: Final roundof the ADT Championship

Most pros andamateurs are searching for a perfect swing, but not many of the young talentson the LPGA tour. They have unorthodox swings and prove that guts andsmarts--not perfect mechanics--make stars. Granada has a short backswing and avery fast, aggressive move through impact. She succeeds because she lets it ripwithout steering the ball. That's how she casually split the 18th fairwaydespite the huge lake on the right side.

All clubs aredesigned to have the shaft ahead of the clubhead at address. Regardless ofswing style, every good player replicates that position at impact. (It'simpossible to hit anything but a flop shot with the shaft behind the ball atimpact.) To get a feel for the proper shaft position, use a mid-iron to hithalf shots while maintaining this relationship between the shaft and clubheaduntil after impact.

MICHAEL'S TIP

Shaft First atAddress and Impact

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

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Now thatAnnika Sorenstam has been dethroned, it'll be interesting to see if she everreturns to the top of the LPGA."

Tiny Tigers

Armed with verybig dreams and short drivers and filled with visions of Tiger Woods (right)swinging away on The Mike Douglas Show at age two, golf prodigies are sproutingup like weeds at a muni. Here are six who have already begun to make a name forthemselves. For the record, each claims that his favorite player is none otherthan Woods himself. Clearly, Michelle Wie has not yet penetrated theconsciousness of the toddler set.


Name Age Home Driving Distance Best Score* Swing Coach TV/Website
John Bigelow IV 5 Orlando 140 yards 43 Kelly Sheehan The Ellen DeGeneres Show/ jbfour.com
Brayden Bozak 2.5 Littleton, Colo. 55 yards NA His dad, Reid Good Morning America/ braydenbozak.com
Reece Campbell 6 Newmills, Scotland 150+ yards 44 Jane Connachan Cold Pizza/ tinywoods.co.uk
Jared Goldstein 5 Stamford, Conn. 110 yards 38 Ken Struckman The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Early Show/ None
Kyle Kushnir 4 Los Altos, Calif. 80 yards 42 Rudy Duran None/ None
Thomas Reininger 3 Mableton, Ga. 60 yards NA Rudy Duran Local news/ None
* Scores on short nine-hole courses

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Who Am I? ... B)Fred Couples (left)

Trivia Six Qschool medalists--Paul Azinger, Ben Crenshaw, Steve Jones, Jerry Pate, MikeWeir and Fuzzy Zoeller--have won majors.

PHOTOCOURTESY OF NBC PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE WOODS FAMILY PHOTOERICK W. RASCOWRONG PHOTOERICK W. RASCORIGHT PHOTOERICK W. RASCO PHOTOBOB MARTIN

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)