What it can do for your game
WHY IT'S CONTROVERSIAL
The Magic Move: How you can do it
1. THE ADDRESS AND BACKSWING
\nTake your normal grip and open the clubface by about 10 degrees at address. (That figure's not set in stone-feel free to experiment.) Take the club back and keep your right palm generally facing the target throughout the backswing. This keeps the face open, so you can close it, and kill it, coming down.
\n2. HIT DOWN ON THE BALL
\nThis is key in the downswing. Never try to scoop it. Instead, deliver a descending blow on the ball, letting the club's loft do the work. Don't worry about being too steep-just try to hit the equator of the ball on the way down. Visualize a long nail running gently downhill and through the ball, and hammer that nail into the ground with the clubface. One exception is your driver-you want to drive that nail on a track parellel to the ground, right at the target.
Take Half Swings
TIPS FOR TROUBLESHOOTING
Q. I'm hooking it. Now what should I do?
Q. What if I start topping the ball?
Q. How about fat shots?
THE PROS KNOW
Scott and Woods aren't the only ones who swing this way-all the pros get this rotation. Look at how Jim Furyk keeps his face open until the last moment, then turns it over. Good players do this without thinking. Others need to make it happen. A.J. helps them do that.
\nMartin Hall is director of instruction at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL.