WHO: Mike Weir
WHAT: 148-yard eight-iron to five feet
WHERE: 429-yard, par-4 14th hole at Grayhawk Golf Club
WHEN: Final round of the Fry's Electronics Open
October 28, 2007
Weir won by controlling the trajectory of his shots in the howling wind. While the field's final-round scoring average was 72.39—2.40 strokes higher than any of the first three rounds—Weir shot a two-under 68. The key to weir's trajectory control is his simple and stable swing, which, despite the changes he's made over the last year, looks just like the swing he used to win the 2003 Masters.
When It's Howling, Try Going Narrow
To create a lower, more controlled ball flight, don't move the ball back in your stance or widen it. Instead, narrow your stance, which moves your lead shoulder farther ahead of the ball and causes the shaft to lean farther forward at impact, delofting the club face. Simply take a normal address and gradually move your rear foot as close to the lead foot as you can without losing your balance.
Mark Wood teaches at the Cornerstone Club in Montrose, Colo.
...AND ANOTHER THING
"The Fedex Cup has crowded the Tour schedule so much that there's no room for the Presidents and the Ryder Cups. one of them will die."
GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL
Are you following the Fall Series as closely as you did the FedEx Cup events?
"No way. Golf is more overexposed than Britney Spears sliding out of SUV."
-T.J. TOMASI, NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB