235-yard, 21-degree hybrid to 60 feet
572-yard, par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines
Final round of the Buick Invitational
Watney is no accidental winner. He has a loose and balanced swing that's powerful (seventh in driving distance in 2008) and accurate (16th in GIR). The foundation of Watney's swing is his picture-perfect grip, which is neutral (no hand dominates) and soft. Such a good grip dramatically reduces Watney's margin for error, and that frees him up to play with peace and assurance under pressure, as he did while stoning his hybrid at 18 to set up the winning two-putt birdie.
Get in a Groove With Your Grip
Grip the club with your left hand and hold it in front of your body. With your right hand flat, wrap the fingers of that hand under the grip so the lifeline rests along your left thumb. (I color the lifeline to help with alignment.) 1 Now lower the right thumb muscle so it forms a groove, and lower the groove so it sits on top of the left thumb. 2 To finish the grip, close the fingers of your right hand. 3
John Elliott teaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.