Big Play

March 18, 2007

WHO: HeathSlocum

WHAT: Missedfour-foot par putt

WHERE: 445-yard18th hole at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club

WHEN: Final roundof the PODS Championship

WHY

Watching Tour proslike Slocum and his childhood buddy Boo Weekley miss short putts with titles onthe line seems surprising because Tiger Woods has set such a high standard--herarely misses. But if you could get inside the minds and bodies of most Tourpros trying to win on Sunday, you'd be shocked. Their minds are fried, andtheir hearts are pounding. The winner is usually the guy who gags theleast.

JOHN'S TIP

Aim for the CenterOn the Short Ones

If you have anydoubt about the break on a short putt, aim for the center of the hole and hitthe ball firmly. The cup's diameter is 4 1/4 inches, so aiming at the centermakes the target look bigger and gives you a two-inch margin for error oneither side. If you aim for an edge, you have a larger margin for error on oneside but none on the other, a riskier play.

John Elliottteaches at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club in West Chicago, Ill.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"I have moregood Asian kids, mostly between ages seven and 12, in my lesson book now thanI've had in all my years of teaching combined."

What's the best course on the Florida swing?

Bay Hill 44%

Innisbrook 27%

PGA National 22%

Doral 7%

"Not only is Bay Hill the most memorable, it's theKingdom of the King."

--TODD SONES
WHITE DEER GOLF CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF NBC (SLOCUM) FOUR PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (ELLIOTT, CLUB, CUP, BACKGROUND) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (PEPPER) PHOTOREUTERS (SORENSTAM)

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)