Big Play

May 25, 2008

WHO
Ryuji Imada

WHAT
244-yard three-wood approach

WHERE
576-yard par-5 18th hole at TPC Sugarloaf

WHEN
Final round of the AT&T Classic

WHY
Imada is the best player you've never heard of. With a simple, powerful swing, he has steadily climbed the ranks over the last seven years. From 2002 to '04 on the Nationwide tour he finished 105th, 37th and third in earnings, while on the PGA Tour since 2005 he's been 121st, 92nd, 65th and now fourth. Needing a birdie to force a playoff, he flushed a three-wood over the lake even though the ball was well below his feet and he had splashed the same shot in a playoff at this event last year.

STEVE'S TIP
Ball below Your Feet? No Problem!

The key to this shot is the setup. Widen your stance, flex your knees more and tilt forward a bit more at the waist, so you're almost squatting. Then aim left of the target because the ball will fade. A three-quarters-length swing, back and through, makes it easier to keep your balance. Most important, maintain the modified posture through the entire swing.

Steve Bosdosh teaches at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"Charles Howell wins a ton of money, but his inability to close the deal on Sundays shows that he doesn't have the mind of a champion."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Is it the right time for Annika Sorenstam to retire?

Yes 89%

No 11%

"I hope she doesn't become a Michael Jordan and come back."
—MIKE LOPUSZYNSKI, DAVID GLENZ GOLF ACADEMY

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (IMADA) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BOSDOSH) PHOTOTOMASSO DEROSA/US PRESSWIRE (SORENSTAM)

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)