Building an effective stance, one that allows you to square the clubface at impact, is as simple as standing still.
Stand tall and let your arms hang to your side. I like to call this the anatomic state. This is how God designed you. Make a fist with your left hand and look down. You should see two or three knuckles. If your hand is on the club in that position, you have a better chance of squaring up the clubface more often.
Rob Akins is Director of Instruction at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, Tenn. He is recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 50 instructor in America.
Will Woods bring anything worthwhile to the U.S. Presidents Cup team?
Fred Couples is obviously not a "What have you done for me lately" kind of guy. He proved it by tabbing the 132nd-ranked player in FedExCup points to be a part of his Presidents Cup team.
Yep, pending his acceptance of Freddie's Captain's Pick, Tiger Woods is headed down under to represent the United States when the Americans take on the International squad in the biennial Presidents Cup matches Nov. 14-20 in Melbourne, Australia. The question is, why?
Aside from a tie for fourth at The Masters, where he harnessed his fading powers for a couple of magical hours on Sunday, Tiger's been a train wreck this season, physically and mentally. Since that afternoon in Augusta, Woods has withdrawn from the Players, dealt with knee and ankle injuries, fired caddie Steve Williams in a seeming fit of pique, posted a T37 at a course (Firestone) he once dominated, and missed the cut, badly, at the PGA Championship.
Right now, Tiger can't find a fairway off the tee with binoculars and a GPS; he's 190th in driving accuracy. His scoring average of 70.53 is easily the worst of his career. Admittedly, it's a small sample size given his abbreviated schedule, but that brings up another point: Has Tiger played enough competitive golf over the last year to bring any kind of game to Royal Melbourne?
Right off the bat, Couples sounded defensive in announcing the pick.
"There is no reason for me to wait till Sept. 26 to pick Tiger. He's the best player in the world forever. Is he playing well right now? No. (But) he almost won (The Masters) four months ago so you don't do that by playing poor golf," Couples said. "In my opinion, when you're the best player in the world for 12 straight years and you're not on a team, there's something wrong.
"Everyone else can have their opinion, but as far as I know Jay Haas and myself are the captains and we want him on this team."
Here's the bottom line: The Presidents Cup has always suffered from a credibility gap and an interest deficiency as the Ryder Cup's red-headed stepbrother. Holding the event without Tiger — even a wounded, toothless Tiger — is NBC's worst nightmare. Like it or not, he still moves the needle, even if he's only attracting rubberneckers eager for another meltdown. I suspect that if Freddie needed any persuading, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and NBC analyst Johnny Miller were more than happy to provide it.
If you maintain proper hand position, you avoid the "punishment" of the club slapping you in the side.
Take the club you are chipping with, then take another club out of your bag and turn it over and hold the two clubs so the upside down club sticks out beside your left hip. When you chip the ball the goal is for the upside down club not to hit you in the side. If you scoop and the club hits you, that is your “punishment.”
Charlie King is Director of Instruction at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga., and founder and CEO of UnCommon Golf. He’s recognized by Golf Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher in America.
If you scoop, you "punish" yourself with a club handle to the ribs.
Tiger Woods lost control of his game — and the grip on his driver — en route to shooting a personal-PGA-worst 7-over 77 in the opening round on Thursday.
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Phil Mickelson was solid but not spectacular, shooting an Even-par 280 for the week, good for a T19 finish and a little over $81,000 in prize money.
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After years of big talk, Ian Poulter has yet to walk the walk in major championships. Add a T39 finish to the drab resume of the notoriously loud dresser.
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Ross Fisher needed two shots to escape the sand at No. 18, as his ball rolled right back onto the beach after this attempt.
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Steve Stricker carded a course-record 7-under 63 on Thursday. But the Wisconsin native failed to win his first major championship, settling for a T12 finish instead.
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One of the exciting young players on Tour, Jason Day disappointed at "Glory's Last Shot" — missing the cut by one stroke after runner-up finishes at this year's Masters and U.S. Open.
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Adam Scott was unable to take back-to-back tournaments — after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. But he and caddy Steve Williams did team up for a solo seventh-place finish while Tiger presumably watched at home on TV.
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The reigning U.S. Open champion injured his wrist after hitting a root with an iron on the third hole of the PGA Championship. But young Rory McIlroy showed the heart of a champion, wrapping and icing the wrist for four painful days in Atlanta.
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The 18-year-old Italian phenom Matteo Manassero wowed the crowd with a 2-under 68 on Thursday before finishing a solid T37 in his PGA Championship debut.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
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The Mechanic needed a tune up on Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club, as Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 7-over 77 to take himself out of contention.
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The man appropriately named Dufner fell apart after hitting the water on No. 15. After shooting a cool, calm and collected 4-under through 14 holes on Sunday, Jason Dufner collapsed to shoot 3-over on Nos. 15-18. Then, the Auburn alum fell to PGA Champion Keegan Bradley in a three-hole playoff.
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The emotional 25-year-old rookie Keegan Bradley celebrated a victory in his major championship debut — joining 2003 British Open champ Ben Curtis and 1913 U.S. Open winner Francis Ouimet as the only men to start 1-for-1 in majors.
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The son of a PGA pro and the nephew of a World Golf Hall of Famer, Keegan Bradley is the latest name to be engraved on the PGA Championship's iconic Wanamaker Trophy.
"I think I was in, what, 20 bunkers in two days? And had four or five water balls. So that's not going to add up to a very good score. I hit the ball a lot better. I putted well the last two days and really felt great but I just never got to the green soon enough."
Tiger Woods after missing the cut at the PGA Championship.