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I love this photograph taken by Robert Beck yesterday at the Open Championship. It reveals what it takes to hit compressed and penetrating iron shots – forward shaft lean. If you tend to hit the ball too high with your irons or haven’t taken a divot all year this is a fantastic image for you to keep in mind the next time you practice.
Remember these important points to help you get into this position at impact:
- If you have a weak grip it is almost impossible to get here. Strengthen your grip a touch and that will encourage the hands to lead and hold through the strike.
- Your weight must be forward at impact – favoring the lead foot 80%/20%. Drive the hips forward in the downswing with out the head shifting in front of the ball for proper weight distribution at impact.
- Deloft the clubface as much as possible at impact. Top players actually launch a 4 or even a 5 iron at a height similar to that which they launch the driver. Practice hitting low, punch type shots until you can hit the ball at head height.
A few additional articles to help:
My favorite tournament of the year is finally here. If I had one event I could win it would be the Open Championship – I just love the effects of the weather and the truly brilliant golf courses on the Open rota.
Last time at St. Georges Ben Curtis was the grateful recipient of Thomas Bjorn’s untimely demise in a greenside bunker. By the way – has anybody seen or heard from Mr. Bjorn since that fateful day?
This year I really like the chances of the young guns and were I a betting man I would have a hard time going against these five:
Rory McIlroy – Golf’s new golden boy. He simply must be on everybody’s shortlist of champion golfer candidates. After the dominant showing at Congressional and last years showing at St. Andrews and this year at Augusta…you get the picture.
Louis Oosthuizen – Not sure why I like him as he hasn’t done much in the year since holding the Claret Jug (top 10 at the US Open), but I just feel he’ll be inspired to be playing major championship links golf.
Rickie Fowler – a stellar showing at last years Open Championship after a horrible opening round. He is due for something good to happen…
Dustin Johnson – he’s got to show up at some point this year in a major right? I believe he’ll come from out of nowhere to challenge this week.
Charl Schwartzel – okay I know I have two young South Africans on my list, maybe I’m biased, but who can argue with this pick. A win and a top 10 in majors thus far this year…..I look for the bantamweight to be there come Sunday!
We can only hope for similar weather to last year – firm, fast and a stiff breeze off the Dover coast. I love it!
What fabulous terrain for a golf course! Just watching the Open Championship inspires me to take a golf break and get out and play some links golf. There is no better style of golf to play. Enjoy!
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How many of golf’s greatest have traversed the bridge crossing the Swilcan Burn?
There will not be birdies flying at the 17th hole this week after the venerable R&A added an additional 50 yards to this already very difficult hole.
The par-5 14th hole could be heaven or hell this week for the golfers. The latter if they happen to find their ball in Hell Bunker!
I would love to be in the “auld grey toon” this week for the Open Championship - in any capacity. Just to be able to get a sense for not only the event, but the place as well. I’d love to simply see those bunkers – from Beardies, to Ginger Beer, to Cottage, Road and the feared Hell. It seems that the saying of Bobby Jones has never been more true,
Too much ambition is a bad thing to have in a bunker.
I look for TW to win this week and I hope for firm fast and windy conditions. Whatever we get – enjoy!
I miss you. I miss the way you played golf the ”incorrect” way, yet managed to make it so exciting and seem so right. The game of golf is worse off without you and it does not appear that there is currently anybody to take your place.
I remember crying when you three putted the 10th green in the playoff for the 1987 Masters against Mize and Norman. I remember watching you do your now famous fist pump when you defeated Tom Watson in the Open Championship at St. Andrews in 1984.
I remember watching you when I was just a boy shoot 31 on the back nine at Gary Player CC all while hitting only one fairway. I remember the sound of the one-iron you hit on the 18th hole that day and rushing out onto the tee box to collect your discarded tee.
Seve, I know you will always love the Open Championship because it allowed you to play golf your way. You were given the opportunity to recover, to hit amazing shots from seemingly nowhere, and that’s why you thrived there. The only thing I would have enjoyed more than watching Tom Watson this year (2009), would have been rooting for you down the stretch at Turnberry.
I don’t think you would enjoy playing the new Augusta National. It requires the same rigid style of golf that is a requirement for success at the US Open and PGA. In the quest for difficulty they have managed to remove a certain element of excitement – particularly from the back nine on Sunday.
The game of golf is just not the same without you. It has become a little boring actually. There is this new guy, Tiger Woods. He too has taken much of the excitement out of the game, simply because he wins so often that it has become predictable and, well, boring. You see, when you played, there was nothing predictable. I never knew if you were going to find the hole you were playing never mind win the tournament, and that is what made you so exciting to follow.
You have done so much for golf throughout the world – one might even say you are the “Arnold Palmer” of Europe. Your swashbuckling style and flair launched a thousand careers. The game has seen multiple young Spanish stars rise from what you started. Spain has even become a golf destination because of your passion and love for this great game.
Seve, the game misses you. Golfers all over the world wish you well in your latest battle. And we thank you for what you have done for our game. Gracias Senor.
Wow! After watching the happenings at Turnberry yesterday I can emphatically state that the Open Championship (and not the ‘British Open’ as we Americans prefer to call it!) is the greatest golf event in the world! At what other championship would a 16 year old, an almost 60 year old and a champion all be involved in the awards ceremony? From the history, to the ever changing weather, to the golf courses, to the true international ‘openness’ of the event I love everything about it.
- All the other contenders (Watson, Westwood, Wood and Els) bogeyed the final hole while Stewart made birdie. A great recipe for winning major champioships – get in contention and then birdie the last!
- While I felt bad for Old Tom, Stewart played beautifully in the playoff; getting it up and down from a pot bunker from 35 yards; parring a par three that played all of 230 yards; and making simple birdies on the final two holes. Flawless!
- Did you notice how far short of the hole he landed his ball on the 72nd green? It looked like 35 yards and finished beautifully. The other contenders who bogeyed all landed their shots in the 15-20 yards range short and we know where they ended up.
- Did Cink have anything to do with his handsome young sons? They look like exact, albeit male, replicas of their mom.
- I am sure the Cink family will enjoy their vacation in Montana over the next two weeks. Hopefully Dad’s cell phone will not have service as he might be getting a few calls!
Old Tom Watson: (and I call him that with admiration!)
- What an amazing performance! Perhaps the greatest tournament ever played by a golfer over fifty? This Open week will always be remembered as the year of Tom Watson.
- I spent a few hours with Mr. Watson on a charter plane a few years ago and was amazed at the toughness I sensed in the man. Toughness in a positive way. That toughness came out this week in his play on the back nine and even in his final swing in regulation. In his press conference he indicated that he struck an 8 iron to the 72nd green and said, “I like it!” when the ball was in the air. If only it was a nine iron!
- What a gentleman! Tom Watson should be applauded not only for his stellar play, but also for his self control, lack of emotional outburst and sportsmanship. Young golfers can learn so much from Tom Watson and his demeanour on the course this week. In fact all golfers, Tiger Woods included, can learn from him.
- I never once saw him speak to his ball in flight or grimace at a poor strike or result. Sergio, I hope you were watching and learning!
- I love the way Tom gets into a shot – two waggles of the club and bang! Every time! He is a good one to emulate when it comes to a pre-shot routine.
The Golf Course:
- Why can modern golf course designers not build golf courses like Turnberry today? I cannot understand why not. The course is simple without any trickery or manufactured hazards.
- I love links golf as it incorporates the two greatest hazards of all – wind and undulation! All a golf course needs is a little exposure to wind, firm turf and a few well thought out humps and hollows and you have a gem.
- While Turnberry looked green due to all the rain they have had this year, the course is not irrigated. What is wrong with a little browning in a fairway? It makes for firm ground conditions, allows the ball to roll and ultimately plays a whole lot better than the always fashionable plush green fairways.
As you can tell I like old school. I like old school championships, golfers, courtesy and courses! What do you like?