Big Play

April 27, 2008

WHO
Boo Weekley

WHAT
78-yard wedge to two feet

WHERE
571-yard par-5 15th hole at Harbour Town

WHEN
Final round of the Verizon Heritage

WHY
Weekley succeeds because he creates positive images in his head and plays to them. At address he rarely looks at the ball. Instead he spends most of his time looking at the target, even while taking practice swings, visualizing the shot he wants. Then he fires away. There's no clutter in Weekley's head, making him perhaps the least-stressed player on Tour. But Weekley is such a homebody that he could become a star and then retire in his prime, like Byron Nelson.

CRAIG'S TIP
Lock in Distances On a Pitching Track

On a range, I make a straight line with nine targets sitting 20 to 100 yards away at 10-yard intervals. The idea is to hit each target on the fly, although a more realistic goal is to land (not stop) the ball within six feet on either side of the four closest targets and within nine feet for the rest. Do this in a backyard or a field by modifying the distances to fit the space available.

Craig Shankland teaches at the Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colo..

...AND ANOTHER THING

"Brandt Snedeker and Andrés Romero are my players of the future. They're powerful, fluid, they play fast and they have perfect attitudes."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Will Lorena Ochoa win the Grand Slam this year?

No 69%

Yes 31%

"Golf is just too hard. You can borrow it, but you'll never own it."
—STEVE BOSDOSH, THE MEMBERS CLUB AT FOUR STREAMS

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (WEEKLEY) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (SHANKLAND) PHOTOROBERT BECK (OCHOA)

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)