Big Play

Big Play


Who Tiger Woods
What 18-foot chip-in with a nine-iron for par
Where 494-yard par-4 9th hole at Firestone Country Club
When Final round of the Bridgestone Invitational

Woods’s creative short game has hardly changed since he turned pro in 1996, and his chipping and pitching remain his safety net. Woods proved that at Firestone by holing two chips, including the gem at 9 that increased his lead to six and destroyed Rory Sabbatini’s chances. Even if Woods’s ball striking is off at claustrophobic Southern Hills, his putter and wedges should keep him in the hunt.

Mark’s tip
Take the Flip Out of Your Chips

You can’t chip if you flip your wrists, which makes the clubhead pass the handle before impact. To ditch the flip, hit five-to 30-yard wedge shots holding the club with only your left hand. That will force you to drag the handle through impact. Be sure to pivot and keep your wrist flat, and don’t strengthen your grip.

… And Another Thing

“I applaud Rory Sabbatini for having the guts to say what he thinks about relishing the chance to challenge Tiger.”

Mark Wood teaches at the Cornerstone Club in Telluride, Colo.

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