Big Play

February 19, 2007

WHO: PhilMickelson

WHAT: 285-yarddrive in the fairway

WHERE: 399-yardpar-4 13th hole at Pebble Beach

WHEN: Final roundof the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Mickelson hasrevamped his driver swing since Winged Foot. His lower body used to be too softand active; his legs and hips would slide toward the target during thedownswing. Now his lower body is rock-solid while he quietly but powerfullyrotates back and through. The new swing is more accurate without sacrificingdistance (he ranked fourth in both driving distance and accuracy last week) andholds up better under pressure.

STEVE'S TIP

Swing Pigeon-toedTo Stop Sliding

To practicefirming up your lower body like Phil, tee up a ball, take a normal stance witha mid-iron and turn your toes in. Keeping your heels on the ground throughout,try to take a full swing (you'll likely only go three fourths of the way backand through). The resistance you feel on the insides of your thighs is what youwant to replicate when you return to your normal stance.

Steve Bosdoshteaches at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"TigerWoods's skipping Riviera is a disappointment. The Nissan gave him his firstexemption, and he owes it to them to play."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Rank the Monterey courses:

1. Cypress Point

2. Pebble Beach

3. Spyglass Hill

4. Spanish Bay

5. Poppy Hills

"Cypress Point is the Sistine Chapel ofgolf."

--DON HURTER, CASTLE PINES GOLF CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (MICKELSON) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, BOSDOSH, 2) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (PEPPER) PHOTOSTEVE HOLLAND/AP (WEBB) PHOTODARREN CARROLL (SORENSTAM) PHOTOFRED VUICH (FEDEX HAT) PHOTOPREMIER AERIALS LLC/WIREIMAGE.COM (CYPRESS POINT)

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)