Big Play: Buick Invitational
By John Elliott
Who: Nick Watney
What: 235-yard, 21-degree
hybrid to 60 feet
Where: 572-yard, par-5
18th hole at Torrey Pines
When: Final round of the
Why: Watney is no accidental winner. He has a loose
and balanced swing that's powerful (seventh
in driving distance in 2008) and accurate (16th in GIR).
The foundation of Watney's swing is his picture-perfect
grip, which is neutral (no hand dominates) and soft.
Such a good grip dramatically reduces Watney's margin
for error, and that frees him up to play with peace and
assurance under pressure, as he did while stoning his
hybrid at 18 to set up the winning two-putt birdie.
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1. Grip the club with your left hand
and hold it in front of your body.
With your right hand flat, wrap
the fingers of that hand under
the grip so the lifeline rests
along your left thumb. (I color
the lifeline to help with
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2. Now lower the
right thumb muscle so it forms a
groove, and lower the groove so it
sits on top of the left thumb.
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3. To finish the grip, close the
fingers of your right hand.
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