THE U.S. OPEN
La Jolla, Calif.
June 12-15, ESPN, NBC
THE SHOT: Consistent long irons and woods.
Torrey Pines will play brutally long, so hitting good approach shots with long irons and woods is a must.
HOW TO DO IT: You need to maintain the same tempo you use with your shorter clubs, instead of trying to swing faster. Take defending champion Angel Cabrera his tempo is the same whether he's hitting a wedge or a 4-iron. Try this drill: Hit five straight wedges to groove your tempo, then grab your hybrid, choke down an inch or so, and swing the same way. You'll see how easy it is to get the ball airborne.