WHO: Mike Weir
This is an article from the Oct. 8, 2007 issue
WHAT: Nine-iron tee shot to 10 feet
WHERE: 160-yard, par-3 17th hole at Royal Montreal Golf Club
WHEN: Presidents Cup singles match against Tiger Woods
Weir's exquisite nine-iron could be the spark that reignites his career. To come back against Woods in Canada, and to do it by stuffing his shot inside of Tiger's with water just right of the green, was an alltime pressure play. Weir showed enormous control of grip pressure, keeping his hands soft so he could freely release the club and hit a draw right at the flag. Many guys would stiffen up and hit a snap hook or push fade in that situation.
Lighten Up for Better Ball Striking
To develop the light grip pressure needed for a proper release, hold the club above the ball and then take three half swings without pausing. Be sure to open the club face going back (top) and close it in the follow-through (bottom). Again without pausing, ground the club behind the ball and take a full swing, replicating the opening and closing motions with soft hands.
Tom Patri teaches at Friar's Head in Baiting Hollow, N.Y.
...AND ANOTHER THING
"In 2002 there was one drive over 400 yards on Tour. This year there have been 24. I wonder if the extra distance is only from equipment?"
Last week, the Jeffery B. Ellis Antique Golf Club Collection was sold at auction by Sotheby's for $2,166,210, the highest total for a golf memorabilia collection. Ellis, 55, a golf historian from Oak Harbor, Wash., and runner-up in the 1982 U.S. Mid-Amateur, was a full-time collector for 30 years and gathered almost 800 items spanning four centuries, from the 1600s to the end of the hickory shaft era in the 1930s. Why sell? "It's been so much stress to maintain," he says. "When I'd leave home, I used to wonder if there'd be a fire." Ellis described seven of his favorite items for GOLF PLUS.
GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100
Which Cup is your favorite?
Ryder ............................. 94%
"The events should be combined so it's the U.S. against the World. Nobody wants to play every year."
--MARK WOOD, CORNERSTONE CLUB