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Sept. 17, 2007
Sept. 17, 2007

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Sept. 17, 2007

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  • Week 1 of the NFL season put Super Bowl contenders to the test, and the AFC power with the most to prove answered resoundingly as the Chargers stared down a stiff challenge from the Bears and sent the NFC champs limping home

  • After a phenomenal Pats debut, the big question now is, Can Randy Moss be stopped?

  • If Brett Favre has one of his typical seasons in 2007, he'll surpass three NFL career milestones held by Dan Marino. But big numbers aren't the only thing those two have in common

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Big Play

By Don DiJulia

who: TigerWoods

This is an article from the Sept. 17, 2007 issue

what: 355-yarddrive into the fairway

where: 480-yardpar-4 18th hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

when: Final roundof the BMW Championship

why: Woods hassignificantly slowed down his driver swing, and it's helping. Woods used toswing nearly as hard as he could (a 9.8 on a scale of 1 to 10), buthe's dropped down to something closer to 8.5. The slower swing maintains, andmight even increase, his distance because his club and body are better alignedat impact, allowing him to find a groove and even fix himself mid-round if he'sstruggling. At Cog Hill he tied for third in driving accuracy (80.4%), yet healso finished third in average distance (311.6 yards).

DOM's TIP

To Go Long, GoSlow

To find youroptimal speed, turn a driver upside down and grip it on the hosel with onlyyour right hand. Swing and listen to the whoosh of the club. Your hardest swingis a 10. Take slower swings until you can hear what sounds like a 9, an 8 or a7. Then hit regular shots. You'll probably drive it the longest and straightestwith a 7 or 8 speed.

Dom DiJuliateaches at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pa.

...AND ANOTHERTHING

"Stop sweatingthe details. The FedEx Cup is a great attempt by the Tour to maintain itsstatus as the world's best golf circuit."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Who will win the FedEx Cup?

Phil Mickelson........8%

Steve Stricker.........3%

Tiger Woods..........89%

"This should make Woods realize he plays best witha concentrated schedule."

--KEITH LYFORD, AUBURN COUNTRY CLUB

TEN PHOTOS MATT SULLIVAN/REUTERS (MICKELSON); KING WORLD PRODUCTIONS (YOUNG WOODS); MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (WOODS SITTING); AMERICAN EXPRESS (WOODS CADDYSHACK); GETTY IMAGES (UNDERGARMENT); ERICK W. RASCO (PENNY, BACKGROUND, DIJUILIA 2); COURTESY NBC (WOODS HITTING)