WHAT: 40-yardpitch off a cart path
WHERE: 315-yardpar-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club
WHEN: Secondplayoff hole at the Nissan Open
Never give up adecent, predictable lie for an unpredictable one. When Howell's ball came torest on the cart path, he made a good decision when he decided to play it fromthat spot rather than taking a drop in the rough. He played the shot well butclipped the tree because he used a wedge instead of an eight- or a nine-iron.Luckily, that mistake didn't cost him, as he redeemed himself by stiffing thenext shot from the rough.
Hit the Pavementto Get off the Path
Address the ballwith your head, sternum and hands--but not your lower body!--ahead of the ball.On the downswing, try to have the clubhead hit the path just ahead of the ball,which assures that the club hits the ball first and prevents scooping. Atimpact you should feel two things: the club accelerating and a jarringsensation that'll cause you to make an abbreviated finish.
John Elliottteaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
... AND ANOTHERTHING
"Hank Haneysays that kids who want to maximize their potential should skip college. Theyshouldn't, and it's a horrible message."
The most amazingthing about Phil Mickelson's decision to stay home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,last week and fly 100 miles each way from Carlsbad to Santa Monica for theNissan Open every day is that Mickelson, a licensed pilot who owns a GulfstreamII jet (a.k.a. G2), didn't even use his own plane for the commute. Phil's rideis too much club for the short hop, so while it presumably sat idle, Mickelsonchartered a Cessna Citation from Jet Source, where a spokesman said theleast-expensive such aircraft goes for $3,000 per two hours of flight time.Nice. Here's a rundown of the pros who have their own set of wings.
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Why Own One
He splits time between South Africa, London and Orlando
Well, if Ernie has one ...
Home to the family on Sunday night--and off with the guys on Mondaymorning
Jack fashions himself a high-powered CEO, and all those guys have one
Says he would've been a pilot if not for golf; loves his toys
2002 Citation X
He has loved to fly since he was young and once held an aviationrecord
2002 Citation CJ1
Not enough leg room on commercial flights?
TIGER'S *HIT LIST
Tiger Woods's catalog of grudges reads like a best-seller list. No one wants tobe on it, but here's who is and why
Weeks On List
GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL
Which TV analystdo you prefer: Nick Faldo or Johnny Miller?
" Nick Faldois a breath of fresh air. I mute Johnny Miller."
--KEVIN WALKER,NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB
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