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Big Play with Jim Suttie
Jim Suttie
February 12, 2007
WHO: Aaron Baddeley
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February 12, 2007

Big Play With Jim Suttie

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Turnesa (from oldest to youngest) Accomplishment
A Phil 1. Played in 153 Tour events, winning six times, and was runner-up to Ben Hogan in the '48 PGA
B Frank 2. Played in 46 Tour events
C Doug 3. Played in 334 Tour events with two wins, including the '52 PGA; runner-up to Sam Snead in the '42 PGA
D Jim 4. Lifelong amateur won the U.S. Am twice ('38 and '48) and the British Am once ('47), and played 10 Tour events
E Willie 5. Longtime pro at Metropolis Country Club in White Plains, N.Y.
F Joe 6. Played in 184 Tour events with 15 wins, a second to Bobby Jones in the '26 U.S. Open and a second to Walter Hagen in the '27 PGA
G Mike 7. Longtime pro at Briar Hill Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

WHO: Aaron Baddeley

WHAT: Pitching wedge to 24 feet for birdie

WHERE: 148-yard par-3 16th hole at the TPC Scottsdale

WHEN: Final round of the FBR Open

WHY

Over the last two years Baddeley has ditched his long, high swing and adopted the swing fad du jour: the compact and powerful one-axis move. While making his dramatically shorter swing, Baddeley stays more centered over the ball while his torso rotates around his spine rather than shifting back and then forward. As a result Baddeley has gained accuracy and power, as he showed with his monster wedge to birdie range at 16.

JIM'S TIP

Start Your Swing

From the Top

A shortened backswing can improve your swing by reducing the moving parts. I've had 150 players practice by starting their swings at a position three quarters of the way to the top of the backswing. The players lost 10% of their distance but became 20% more accurate. It's a good drill, and you can even play that way. Simply address the ball, rotate three fourths of the way back (right) and pause, then continue to the normal end of your backswing and hit the ball.

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