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WHO: Mike Reid
WHAT: 210-yard five-wood to 20 feet to set up his winning birdie
WHERE: Par-5 18th at Laurel Valley
WHEN: First playoff hole of the Senior PGA
Reid has the most vital--but often overlooked--skill needed to thrive under pressure: control of his swing speed. Down the stretch Jerry Pate and Dana Quigley got quick and imploded. Reid stayed poised and maintained his tempo. That helped him hit the high, soft five-wood to the 18th green to set up his winning birdie.
Swing Every Club Like a Wedge
To hit a solid shot with a fairway wood--or any other club--swing the wood as if it were a wedge. Try my three-ball drill to learn the proper feeling. First, hit three shots with a wedge followed by three shots with a fairway wood using the same technique (address position, swing pace and length, and mental approach). Then alternate back and forth from the wedge to the wood, hitting three balls with each club, until both swings feel exactly the same.