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Big Play

Author:

who: TigerWoods

what: 355-yarddrive into the fairway

where: 480-yardpar-4 18th hole at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

when: Final roundof the BMW Championship

why: Woods hassignificantly slowed down his driver swing, and it's helping. Woods used toswing nearly as hard as he could (a 9.8 on a scale of 1 to 10), buthe's dropped down to something closer to 8.5. The slower swing maintains, andmight even increase, his distance because his club and body are better alignedat impact, allowing him to find a groove and even fix himself mid-round if he'sstruggling. At Cog Hill he tied for third in driving accuracy (80.4%), yet healso finished third in average distance (311.6 yards).

DOM's TIP

To Go Long, GoSlow

To find youroptimal speed, turn a driver upside down and grip it on the hosel with onlyyour right hand. Swing and listen to the whoosh of the club. Your hardest swingis a 10. Take slower swings until you can hear what sounds like a 9, an 8 or a7. Then hit regular shots. You'll probably drive it the longest and straightestwith a 7 or 8 speed.

Dom DiJuliateaches at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pa.

...AND ANOTHERTHING

"Stop sweatingthe details. The FedEx Cup is a great attempt by the Tour to maintain itsstatus as the world's best golf circuit."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Who will win the FedEx Cup?

Phil Mickelson........8%

Steve Stricker.........3%

Tiger Woods..........89%

"This should make Woods realize he plays best witha concentrated schedule."

--KEITH LYFORD, AUBURN COUNTRY CLUB

Top Secrets

While winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, PhilMickelson said that his coach, Butch Harmon (right), who used to work for TigerWoods, revealed "a couple things that [Woods] likes to do, and I was kindof watching for it, and I chuckled throughout the round when I'd pick up onit." Mickelson wouldn't get into specifics, but Harmon reportedly toldMickelson that Woods walks slower under pressure to calm his nerves and puttsout whenever possible to put pressure on his opponent. Interesting, but weimagine that those are only a few of Tiger's secrets. Here, with apologies toDavid Letterman, are 10 others.

10. Favorite saying: All par-4s are short.

9. He's color-blind. Thinks he's wearing a green shirton Sunday, because that's payday.

8. Marks his ball with his "lucky penny," whichhe found under the cushions of Mike Douglas's couch when he was three. Lasttime he couldn't locate it? The 2006 U.S. Open.

7. Really does whistle Eye of the Tiger to pump himselfup before a round.

6. Talks to his putter, which is named Hal.

5. Plans to continue lifting weights until he canbench-press a Buick in a commercial.

4. Hires those guys who follow him around yelling,"You da' man!"

3. To get out of the Ryder Cup/Presidents Cup, he hasapplied for dual citizenship in Cablanasia.

2. Constantly quotes Caddyshack, and instead of tippinghe tells locker room attendants, "On your deathbed you will receive totalconsciousness." Thinks it's hilarious.

1. High-cut, silk women's underwear.

TEN PHOTOS

MATT SULLIVAN/REUTERS (MICKELSON); KING WORLD PRODUCTIONS (YOUNG WOODS); MICHAEL J. LEBRECHT II/1DEUCE3 PHOTOGRAPHY (WOODS SITTING); AMERICAN EXPRESS (WOODS CADDYSHACK); GETTY IMAGES (UNDERGARMENT); ERICK W. RASCO (PENNY, BACKGROUND, DIJUILIA 2); COURTESY NBC (WOODS HITTING)