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Big Play

July 30, 2007
July 30, 2007

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July 30, 2007

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  • Relax! It's not a prediction but rather the latest slogan adopted by baseball's most Series-starved franchise. For these Cubs, however, there is a creeping feeling that it may be more than that

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  • Players live for it, fans love it, media celebrate it--and all bemoan its devastating consequences. The brutal collision of bodies is football's lifeblood, and the NFL's biggest concern

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Big Play

Who: SergioGarcía

This is an article from the July 30, 2007 issue

What: Missed10-foot par putt to win

Where: 499-yardpar-4 18th hole at Carnoustie

When: Final roundof the British Open

Why:
García had pushed several putts to the right earlier on Sunday, so at 18 heovercompensated and pulled the putt that would've given him the claret jug. Themiss won't devastate García. After only two tournaments using a belly putter hehas almost overcome the yips, and he had no three-putts last week. With theputter anchored in his gut, García makes a more flowing stroke. He'll win amajor when he stops lifting his head too quickly at crunch time.

Brad's Tip
My Big Four Keys to Solid Putting

Whether you use a standard model or a belly putter, there are four things youmust do at address to putt well.

1. Eyes over theball. This helps you get aligned to the target.

2. Hands below theshoulders. To do this you must bend your elbows.

3. Hips above theheels. This makes you settle your weight over the balls of your feet.

4. Putter shaft inline with the forearms. Without doing this, you can't make a naturally arcingstroke.

Redding teaches atthe Resort Course at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

...And AnotherThing
"When a guy's playing badly, he usually changes something, so I wouldn't besurprised if Tiger Woods fired his caddie, Steve Williams.

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Do you believe, like Gary Player, that there are Tourplayers who use steroids?

Yes ...58%

No ...42%

"Where there are big bucks, there are bigenhancements."

-JANE FROST, SANDWICH HOLLOWS GOLF CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF ABC (GARCÍA)THREE PHOTOS ERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, REDDING 2)PHOTOWILL WALDRON/ALBANY TIMES UNION/AP (PILLS)