Big Play: Y.E. Yang
By Eric Johnson
Who: Y.E. Yang
What: 149-yard knockdown to eight feet for birdie
Where: 427-yard par-4 12th hole at PGA National
When: Final round of the Honda Classic
Yang could be the Tour's breakout player of the year. Fit and fiery, he's an experienced winner (four Japan PGA titles, one on the Asian tour and one in Europe) who pulled away on Sunday at one of the Tour's hardest tracks. Two facets of his game impressed me. Yang used a variety of knockdown approach shots to control distances, and he proved that he's a super lag putter by rapping his crucial 50-footer at 18 to a foot.
2 of 2Erick W. Rasco/SI
Cut Off Your Swing to Control Distance
You can achieve distance control by varying the length of the follow-through. Practice by hitting seven-iron shots with three follow-throughs: 1) halfway (shaft parallel to ground); 2) two thirds (shaft points up); 3) and full finish. The goal is to learn your distances and trajectories with the different swings.
Eric Johnson teaches at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.
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