This is an article from the March 5, 2007 issue
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
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.
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?
" No. What makes them great team players hurtsthem individually."
--JIM MURPHY, SUGAR GREEK COUNTRY CLUB