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JOHN ELLIOTT
March 23, 2009
WHO Henrik Stenson WHAT 45-yard wedge from the water WHERE 438-yard, par-4 3rd hole at Doral Golf Resort WHEN First round of the CA Championship
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March 23, 2009

Big Play

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WHO
Henrik Stenson
WHAT
45-yard wedge from the water
WHERE
438-yard, par-4 3rd hole at Doral Golf Resort
WHEN
First round of the CA Championship

WHY
Stenson didn't strip down to his underwear to attract attention. His only motives were to stay clean and avoid penalty strokes. Lucky for him it looked as if he had definitely practiced the water ball, because his form was impeccable—a steep swing, great balance and a full release. He splashed out 45 yards to the fairway's edge, hit a long approach to the green and two-putted for a bogey.

JOHN'S TIP
How to Cash In With a Splash

Play the shot like a bunker explosion, using a steep angle of attack, hitting the water first and taking as full a swing as possible. The deeper the ball is submerged (right), the steeper the swing should be. Don't swing too hard because correct technique, not force, propels the ball out.

John Elliott teaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.

"Never tug on Superman's cape. Tiger will be fired up because he doesn't like taking a backseat to Phil."
—T.J. TOMASI, NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB

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