Big Play

August 03, 2008

WHO
Chez Reavie

WHAT
181-yard six-iron to five feet

WHERE
436-yard par-4 17th hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club

WHEN
Final round of the Canadian Open

WHY
With a big lead on the back nine, all Reavie had to do was hit fairways and greens to secure his first victory. And despite jangling nerves, the rookie did just that, because his swing is fundamentally perfect at the crucial moment: the delivery position. That's the point of the downswing when the shaft is parallel to the ground. Reavie's club face is square, and his shaft is parallel to the target line. So it's no surprise that he hit the best approach of the day at 17.

MIKE'S TIP
Make a Picture-Perfect Delivery

To check if your delivery position is correct, address a ball, swing back to the top and pause. Then, in slow motion, bring the club down until it's parallel to the ground—that's the delivery position. Your shaft should be parallel to the target line, the club face should be square (amateurs usually open the club face), and your hands should be in front of the right thigh.

Mike Lopuszynski teaches at the David Glenz Golf Academy in Hamburg, N.J.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"Greg Norman's British Open was a one-week miracle. He'll be lucky to make the cut when he plays in the Masters next year."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Should Michelle Wie have played in Reno-Tahoe?

Yes 15%

No 85%

"Is there any golfer with a smear of talent who wouldn't have accepted the offer?"
—GARY WIREN, TRUMP INTERNATIONAL

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (REAVIE) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) THREE PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (LOPUSZYNSKI) PHOTOFRED VUICH (WIE)

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)