WHO: Morgan Pressel
WHAT: Drive that set up a birdie
WHERE: Par-5 4th hole at Settindown Creek
WHEN: Fourth hole of the U.S. Women's Amateur final
Morgan reminds me of Arnold Palmer. She's aggressive and self-reliant and knows a killer short game and hitting great shots are what make a champion, not a textbook swing. So Morgan hasn't changed her unorthodox action--she has an odd right-leg flinch and overaccelerates in transition--which nevertheless is rhythmic and balanced, and she delivers the club square and on plane to the ball.
The Plane Truth About Ball Striking
Don't focus on how you move your body during the swing, because the ball reacts to the club, not to the body. One way to see if you've swung correctly is to stop in the follow-through and see if the club is on plane. At its highest point (left) the shaft should be parallel to where it was at address. If the shaft is high and right (top inset), you've probably hit a slice. If it's low and left (bottom inset), you've hit a pull.
Mike Hebron teaches at Smithtown (N.Y.) Landing Golf Course and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.