WHAT: 10-footbirdie putt
WHERE: 382-yardpar-4 17th hole at Colonial Country Club
WHEN: Secondplayoff hole at the Bank of America Colonial
Amateurs experiment only when they're desperate. Tour players like Herrontinker every day, and the pros aren't afraid to use unorthodox techniques. Fouryears ago Herron wanted a smoother roll, so after testing several grips andstances he tried the claw grip and felt more balanced and square to the target.He has used the claw ever since, draining putts as he did at 17 and 18 inregulation and to clinch the win in OT.
Don't Be AfraidTo Experiment
Creativity breedssuccess, so don't be afraid to try out new grips, putters and stances. Here aretwo unique grips that I've learned from my students.
CLAW HAND LOW:Like the left hand low, except that the left hand holds the clubclaw-style.
CARL'S CLAW: Takea standard grip and flip the left hand over. The left thumb rests on the buttend, and there's a gap between the hands.
Steve Bosdoshteaches at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.
... AND ANOTHERTHING
"Missing acut and blowing leads will be a blessing for Annika Sorenstam. Everybody needsmotivation to excel, and she was running low."
Amy Sabbatini,the boisterous wife of PGA Tour player Rory, first caused a stir in the fall of2004 by wearing a T-shirt that said STOOPID AMERIKAN after European RyderCupper Paul Casey ripped U.S. citizens. She followed up at this year's PlayersChampionship with a T-shirt reading KEEP UP! aimed at Nick Faldo, whosedithering had resulted in a slow-play warning for her husband's group. At theColonial, Amy and about a dozen friends and family wore shirts that read FIREN' NICE on the front and RORY'S ROAD ROWDIES on the back. Here are some otherT-shirts rumored to be in Amy's closet.
You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Toonamint
For a Pairingwith Phil Mickelson
This Amy Doesn't Make Her Husband Carry a Beeper
For a Pairingwith Joe Ogilvie ( FRONT ) ...
DUKE Is Just One Big Party ...
... ( BACK )
... with a $43,000 Cover
For a Rematchwith Ben Crane
CAUTION: I Brake for No One
For the U.S.Open
My Husband Just Shot Par, and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
For a Pairingwith Tiger Woods
Where There's a Will, I Want to Be in It
For a Rematchwith Nick Faldo
DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB
For the BritishOpen
If You Can Read This, It's a Heat Wave!
For a Pairingwith Annika Sorenstam
Women Who Seek to Be Equal to Men Lack Ambition
For a Meetingwith Tim Finchem
EXTEND THIS BRAND
For a Pairingwith Camilo Villegas
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"The sponsors deserve access to the best playerswhen they want it. There would be no tournaments without the sponsors."
--MIKE MALASKA SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRYCLUB
COURTESY OF CBS (HERRON); ERICK W. RASCO; ROSS KINNAIRD/GETTY IMAGES (SABBATINI)
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CLAW HAND LOW
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