Big Play

April 20, 2008

WHO
Trevor Immelman

WHAT
83-yard wedge to three feet

WHERE
510-yard par-5 13th hole at Augusta National

WHEN
Final round of the Masters

WHY
Immelman reminds me of his idol, Gary Player, because he emulates Player'smeticulous preshot routine. Immelman stands behind the ball, steps up to it andaligns the club face to an intermediate target. He swivels his head to take infirst the ball, the intermediate target and the target, then addresses the balland swings away. The routine insulates him from pressure by forcing him tofocus on his shot instead of the surroundings, which is how he stiffed a wedgeat 13.

T.J.'S TIP
Align the Club Face With the Target

To ensure properalignment, stand behind the ball and choose an intermediate target (a divot,leaf, discolored blade of grass, anything) about one or two feet in front ofyour ball. Approach the ball with the club in your right hand and yourshoulders open so you can clearly see the target, then position the club behindthe ball so the face points at the intermediate target. Finally, address theball and swing away.

T.J. Tomasiteaches at Nantucket Golf Club in Nantucket, Mass.

...AND ANOTHER THING

"No question, Lorena Ochoa is the best golfer onearth right now. Sadly, because she's a woman, she doesn't get her dueacclaim."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Have the Lords of Augusta taken the fun out of theMasters?

Yes 63%
No 37%

"Now we have two U.S. Opens—a traveling version andone that resides in Augusta, Ga."
—GARY WIREN, TRUMP INTERNATIONAL

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (IMMELMAN) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (TOMASI) PHOTOFRED VUICH (PAYNE)BILLY PAYNE

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)