WHO: Tiger Woods
WHAT: 300-yard three-wood to 25 feet
WHERE: Par-5 12th at Doral
WHEN: Final round of the Ford Championship
Tiger Woods is back--not only as No. 1 in the World Ranking but also as a force who can dominate the game the way he did in 2000. As he showed with shots like his massive three-wood to set up an eagle at 12, Woods has regained his length (he blew it by Phil Mickelson all day at Doral) and his accuracy.
Think Driver for a Big Three-wood
To get extra distance and carry from your three-wood, use more of a driver swing than an iron action. Position the ball an inch inside your left heel, take a wide stance, and put a little extra weight on your right foot. While playing the shot, imagine that you're sidearming a ball out ahead of you and up into the air (inset, top), rather than an iron swing, during which you'd toss a ball down and to the left (inset, bottom).
DeFrancesco teaches at Woodholme Country Club in Baltimore. He was the 2001 PGA National Club Pro champion.