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Big Play with John Elliott
John Elliott
February 26, 2007
WHO: Charles Howell
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February 26, 2007

Big Play With John Elliott

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WHO: Charles Howell

WHAT: 40-yard pitch off a cart path

WHERE: 315-yard par-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club

WHEN: Second playoff hole at the Nissan Open


Never give up a decent, predictable lie for an unpredictable one. When Howell's ball came to rest on the cart path, he made a good decision when he decided to play it from that spot rather than taking a drop in the rough. He played the shot well but clipped the tree because he used a wedge instead of an eight- or a nine-iron. Luckily, that mistake didn't cost him, as he redeemed himself by stiffing the next shot from the rough.


Hit the Pavement to Get off the Path

Address the ball with your head, sternum and hands--but not your lower body!--ahead of the ball. On the downswing, try to have the clubhead hit the path just ahead of the ball, which assures that the club hits the ball first and prevents scooping. At impact you should feel two things: the club accelerating and a jarring sensation that'll cause you to make an abbreviated finish.

John Elliott teaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.

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