Big Play

February 23, 2009

WHO
Michelle Wie

WHAT
A sliced three-wood tee shot into a water hazard

WHERE
396-yard par-4 11th hole at Turtle Bay

WHEN
Final round of the SBS Open

WHY
Wie's water ball was caused by bad timing, but her back-nine meltdown won'thurt her psyche or slow her progress. She's simply going through thelearning-to-win process that she never had as a youngster because she skippedjunior golf, which is when most prodigies hone that skill. Close calls likelast week's are building blocks that, along with her Mickey Wright--like swingand monster distance, will turn Wie into one of the most dominant players inhistory.

BRAD'S TIP

Double-Pump to Getin Sync

When your handsand body get out of sync, you'll have a timing problem. Fix it by taking anormal backswing and pausing at the top. Keeping your back to the target andyour weight over your right leg, slowly swing down so the club stops justbefore the ball. Next, swing back to the top, pause, pump down again and returnto the top. Finally, swing away, replicating the feel you had with thepumps.

Redding teaches atThe Resort Club at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"Led by Michelle Wie, Vicki Hurst and Stacy Lewis,dominant players who'll win this year, 2009's LPGA rookie class is the bestI've seen."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

At which event will Tiger Woods make his return?

Match Play 34%
Doral 19%
Bay Hill 47%

"Bay Hill is a no-brainer. He's won it fivetimes."
—JIM MURPHY, SUGAR CREEK COUNTRY CLUB

PHOTOROBERT BECK (WIE) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) THREE PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (REDDING) PHOTOJOHN BIEVER (WOODS)

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)