chip-in with a nine-iron for par
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
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.
Mark Wood teaches
at the Cornerstone Club in Telluride, Colo.
"I applaud Rory Sabbatini for having the guts to say what he thinks about
relishing the chance to challenge Tiger."