Published: Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:03
Wet lie? Here's how to play it (and when to drop)
By Matthew Rudy
Everybody has seen the tour player roll up his pant legs and get down into the hazard to try to play a ball that's partially submerged.
Luckily, most situations aren't quite that dire -- but you do need to know how to account for a wet, muddy lie around the green. If you don't, you're going to hit more than your share of fat or bladed shots.
The secret? Don't let the leading edge of your sand wedge get caught up in the muck, says short-game guru and 50 Best Teacher Stan Utley.
"Out of fear, a lot of players swing too easy, which will usually cause you to duff it," says Utley. "From these lies, you should be thinking about playing a standard bunker shot."
To do it, you need to unhinge your wrists aggressively on the downswing while keeping your right palm pointed upward -- the key to keeping the bounce on the bottom of the club aimed at the ground. If you swing too slowly or let your wrists turn over, you'll catch the leading edge in that wet muck and you'll probably move the ball ten feet.
The feel? Like you're skipping a rock across the surface of a pond.
Speaking of wet, how deep is too deep when the ball is partially submerged in water? If a quarter of the ball is above the surface, it's possible to get it out--but you're going to get wet. Wear rain gear, and swing hard.
Published: Tuesday, 05 March 2019 08:03
5 Steps to Copy Tiger Woods' Swing Technique
By Brady Riggs
February 10, 2019
As last season proved, a healthy Tiger is a scary Tiger. He’ll be back in action at next week’s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club for his second start of the season. While his technique is ever-evolving, it’s always worth studying, to say nothing of copying. Check out the keys to his swing below.
There’s no denying it—Tiger’s arms are still jacked! And they’re not for looks. Woods understands that at the highest levels, golf is a power game that taxes every muscle. Tiger continues his legacy as the original Tour gym rat, and if his arms are any indication, he has zero plans to let the youngsters on the Tour outwork him.
You can tell from his finish below that Tiger has launched a higher-than-normal approach. He’s extending his lower spine up and toward the target. It’s a great move for any swing— if your back can take it. Looks like Tiger’s finally can.
Back in Business
Players with bad backs rarely swing to a full finish, let alone a high one like this. As with his knees, Tiger’s back looks ready for prime-time— the slight lean back or subtle “reverse C” is impossible to achieve when the back is in distress.
Is there really something to “glute activation” after all? You bet. There’s no better way to produce serious clubhead speed than by firing your glutes and squeezing your thighs together through impact. The combo causes your body to decelerate at just the right moment, allowing the club to pick up speed and whip through.
Tiger’s healed left knee below can once again handle the torque created by his swing. His left foot is nearly flat on the ground, even this deep into his followthrough, providing the stability he’s been missing for years. If your knees aren’t as healthy as Tiger’s, set up with your feet flared, or allow more weight to roll to the outside of your spikes.