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Big Play with Jim Suttie
May 22, 2006
WHO: Bret Wetterich
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May 22, 2006

Big Play With Jim Suttie

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WHO: Bret Wetterich

WHAT: 338-yard drive in the fairway

WHERE: 554-yard par-5 16th hole at Las Colinas

WHEN: Final round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship

Wetterich has a pressure-relieving preshot routine: At address he stays in motion, focusing mainly on the target. He waggles his club, moves his feet back and forth, bobs his head--looking alternately at the ball and the target--and makes a slight forward press with his body to initiate the swing. On Sunday that routine freed him to hit the long, straight drives that set up easy birdies, including both par-5s, the 7th (pictured) and the 16th.

To Stay Loose, Keep Moving

The bane of amateur golfers is freezing up at address (instead of staying loose through constant motion) and staring at the ball instead of the target. To get loose, try this: Before hitting the shot, waggle the club above the ball while looking at the target. When you're ready to pull the trigger, drop the clubhead behind the ball and, without pausing, start the swing.

Jim Suttie teaches at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Ill.


" Sergio Garc´┐Ża hasn't won a major because of his putting, and he's not going to win one until he starts making the short ones."

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