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Jim Furyk Answers Your Questions

Jim Furyk, GOLF Magazine Interview
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Make a shallow path to hit chips that bite.
What's the craziest item of clothing you own?
Jim Macleod, 44, Kansas City, Mo.

A T-shirt that I got at a Pittsburgh Steelers game. I can't say in the magazine what it says, but it's not real fond of Cleveland or Baltimore.

What's the most amazing thing you've ever seen on a golf course?
Mark Lewis, 41, Seattle, Wash.

Back-to-back aces at the CVS. I was standing on the tee with Scott McCarron and Lee Janzen, my partner. My partner made it first, then McCarron topped him the next shot. It was amazing!

Jim, you're a secret agent; who would be your femme fatale, and no fair saying your wife?
Joe Geary, 59, Coral Gables, Fla.

You're trying to get me in trouble, aren't you? I'll go with Jessica Alba.

Jim, wouldn't it be fun if the crowd cheered like crazy at golf tournaments the way they do at football games?
Kevin McCarthy, 24, West Hartford, Conn.

Uhhh, no.

Jim, I need a slice cure. Any help?
Josh Burnsen, 20, Iowa City, Iowa

Sure. Don't aim left. That just makes you slice more. Try this on the practice tee. First, take your normal stance, but flare your right foot so that the toes are pointing in the exact opposite direction of the target. This makes you make a good turn going back, and it limits your turn on the downswing, so you have to release the club coming through.

How do you hit those cool little chips that bounce twice and then bite hard?
Craig Musch, 35, Toledo, Ohio

To spin those 20- to 50-yard shots, you need the right equipment. First, you need a soft ball. I play Srixon's Z-URC, the ball that spins the most in the Srixon line. Also, you need a good wedge, preferably new, with sharp grooves. My grooves are milled. Milled grooves will spin more because they're sharper. You don't need to pick the club up and hit steeply down. When you do that, you usually come from the outside, hooding the club, which delofts it and makes it hard to spin. You need a very shallow swing angle that comes from the inside, and you need to take a shallow divot. Watch the pros — you'll see that they just clip the grass. And the more clubhead speed you generate, the more spin you get. You can get away with more clubhead speed the more loft you have. Try opening your 60-degree wedge to about 65 degrees, use a shallow path that just clips the grass, and take a short swing with lots of clubhead speed to really make it dance!

What's the secret to reading greens?
Jack Davis, 61, Naples, Fla.

You're looking for the slope, for where the high spots are. One trick is to use your imagination: Pretend that the green is a tabletop, and if you spill water on it, which way will the water run? Also, most everyday players only get a couple feet behind their ball to read putts. But I like to get a good 20 feet behind the ball, even for a 10-footer, to get a wider angle and to see the slope better. As for the grain, look for the shininess of the grass. Stand in the middle of the green and you'll notice that the grass is shiny going one way and dull the other way. The grass that is growing in the shiny direction will always be quicker.
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