Big Play

March 05, 2007

WHO: HenrikStenson

WHAT: 25-yardshot from a greenside waste area

WHERE: 534-yardpar-5 10th hole at the Gallery Golf Club

WHEN: 28th holein the final of the Accenture Match Play

WHY

A Tour pro wouldhit a long half-blast from the gunch to eight feet maybe once in 10 times. ThatStenson did it while standing on one foot with the other splayed on the grassybank behind him--not to mention that he was one down near the end of thebiggest match of his life--demonstrated his amazing balance. It not onlyallowed Stenson to pull off the carnival shot, but it's also a core element ofthe powerful swing that he rode to victory.

BILL'S TIP

Four Keys toPerfect Balance

Try this drill toimprove your balance, take a half-dozen slow practice swings with a seven iron.At the end of each, stop and check these four keys:

1. Weight overthe left foot

2. Right foot upon the toes

3. Knees almosttouching

4. Eyes pointedat the target

Once you canstand still and upright without wobbling after swinging, hit teed-up balls andcheck yourself after each shot.

Bill Brittonteaches at Twin Brook Golf Center in Tinton Falls, N.J.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"After theRyder Cup, people threw around excuses for the U.S. loss, but nobody mentionedthe real reason: The Europeans are better."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Will the Europeans break their seven-year drought inthe majors in 2007?

Yes 64%

No 36%

" No. What makes them great team players hurtsthem individually."

--JIM MURPHY, SUGAR GREEK COUNTRY CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF NBC (STENSON) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, BRITTON,) WRONG TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, BRITTON)RIGHT PHOTODAVID WALBERG (PEPPER) TWO PHOTOSMARCO GARCIA/AP (CREAMER, MIYAZATO) PHOTOJOHN GRESS/REUTERS (MONTGOMERIE)

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)