Anyone who has ever hit a lot of balls on the range knows how tiresome it can be to bend over and pick up each ball you want to hit. Your back starts aching just thinking about it! On the pro tours, lots of players prefer to have their caddies toss them each individual ball to make the bending-over motion a bit more fluid.
But on Thursday at the Valspar Championship, Sergio Garcia demonstrated a novel way of teeing up his golf ball without bending over. Instead of reaching down and placing the ball on the tee, Garcia used his fairway wood to press the ball against his left foot, lifting the ball ever so slightly to place the it gently on the tee.
That’s a new way to tee it up …
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 21, 2019
Hey, we understand that range time can get a little bland — especially considering all the balls that Sergio Garcia has hit over the course of his two decades as a pro.
Not only does this method of teeing up the ball look cool, it also has an added benefit: minimal strain on the back! And while Garcia’s method works very well for a ball teed low — the ideal height for an iron, hybrid or fairway wood — the jury is still out on whether he can look as smooth teeing it up this way with a driver.
Garcia is seeking his 11th career PGA Tour win this week. He has two top-10 finishes so far this season: T6 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and T9 at the Honda Classic.
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