Big Play: Geoff Ogilvy at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
October 05, 2011
1 of 2Courtesy of NBC
Big Play: Geoff Ogilvy
By Mark Wood
Top 100 Teacher
Who: Geoff Ogilvy
What: 242-yard long-iron to three feet for eagle
Where: 576-yard, par-5 8th hole at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
When: Accenture Match Play final
Why: Although it's hard to fly under the radar when you're ranked fourth in the world, Ogilvy is a great sleeper pick for the Masters. He has a perfect game for Augusta National, where he has finished 16th, 24th and 39th in three starts. He's a good putter (third on Tour in 2009), has a killer short game (34 for 38 in up-and-downs at the Match Play), and he never looks scared. Plus, because he combines great balance with a superfast swing, he's long and accurate.
2 of 2Erick W. Rasco/SI
Effortless Power, Not Powerless Effort
The foundation of Ogilvy's seemingly effortless power is his ability to keep his left foot and leg planted throughout the swing. To practice, hit fairway bunker shots while your feet are dug into the sand. At the finish, your lead foot should be in the exact position it was at the start of the swing. If that foot moved, you'll have used a lot of effort to create a little power and not much accuracy.
Mark Wood teaches at the Cornerstone Club in Montrose, Colo.
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