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I regard Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina as one of the top 10 golf courses I have ever played. It is one of those rare courses where every hole is memorable!
The course was originally meant to be Jack Nicklaus’ very first course, but early on Jack realized he was in over his head and called up Pete Dye to help out. Pete and Alice Dye are now credited with the design of the course. Alice, because she designed my favorite hole on the course the 13th. Can you imagine hitting one down the left side of the fairway and being faced with the shot below for a second?
It is an unusual golf course that allows every golfer to be challenged, from PGA Tour golfer to a high handicapper, yet provide them with an opportunity to shoot that great score - Harbour Town has that trait! It is playable and enjoyable for every golfer on the planet! The course is not long by modern day standards playing just over 6,900 yards from the back tees. While the course may be narrow, it is not overly punitive, as the trees often will knock down an off-line shot and provide the golfer with a chance for recovery.
The golf course starts slowly and builds to the back nine. I actually believe that the back nine at Harbour Town is the best nine holes of golf on any course anywhere! The course has four of the best holes I have ever played anywhere: the long dog leg left par 4 8th; the short and always interesting 13th; the “challenging on all three shots” par 5 15th; and the stunning par three 17th that plays back out to the Calibogue Sound.
For a lifetime of memories and a rare opportunity to play a course that the “pros” play make it a priority to visit Hilton Head and play the magnificent Harbour Town Golf Links
Enjoy the Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston this weekend! I look for a young “bomber” to win…..
So often I read that it is important to be “behind the ball”. While this statement is almost correct I would prefer for a golfer to be “over” the ball and this sense initiates with the set up position.
The set-up encompasses ball position, stance width and spine/shoulder tilt. Let’s take a look from the ground up.
With the irons I would like to see the ball played from the middle of the stance – keep in mind, that in order to hit down on the ball, a must, the weight must be in front of the ball. Notice that I said weight and not body or head! When the ball is centrally located it is that much easier to hit down on. As you get to the longer clubs(woods) slide the ball up toward the inside of the left heel. In the Ben Hogan illustration you’ll notice how his ball is not quite in the center but a little forward. This is due to his pronounced hip slide into impact which still allowed him to be able to hit down on a more forward ball position.
As far as the stance width goes, I prefer a narrower stance than a wider one and here’s why. A narrow stance allows for the weight to get to the front foot easily – that’s why you should be chipping and pitching with a narrow stance. Too wide and you’ll have a hard time getting onto the front foot without excess movement.
Head position and spine tilt is the most important factor in the set-up! I read an article yesterday pontificating about if you tilt away from the target you’ll reduce your slice. Well, you might reduce the slice, but you’ll have a hard time making solid contact with the ball. All the best ball strikers set up as Hogan has here, with the head positioned between the feet, the left eye over the ball and the spine just about vertical. There should also be a minimal amount of shoulder tilt when the spine is vertical. Make sure you avoid any excess tilt into your back side as this will make it almost impossible to get “over” the ball at impact.
Set yourself up to get into a great impact!
Things to ponder:
- Harbourtown and the TPC Louisiana are both Pete Dye golf courses. They look like they are from different planets!
- Can Steve Stricker finally get the job done on Sunday? It’s been a while!
- Tiger Woods is a great champion, but does he play golf the way it was meant to be played? Does modern equipment let him play the game “his way”? I offer Greg Norman and Nick Faldo as contrasts.
- I was going to ask, ” When will Sergio grow up?” but I’m not sure he ever will.
- Will Sergio ever grow up?