45-yard wedge from the water
438-yard, par-4 3rd hole at Doral Golf Resort
First round of the CA Championship
Stenson didn't strip down to his underwear to attract attention. His onlymotives were to stay clean and avoid penalty strokes. Lucky for him it lookedas if he had definitely practiced the water ball, because his form wasimpeccable—a steep swing, great balance and a full release. He splashed out 45yards to the fairway's edge, hit a long approach to the green and two-puttedfor a bogey.
How to Cash In With a Splash
Play the shotlike a bunker explosion, using a steep angle of attack, hitting the water firstand 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 correcttechnique, not force, propels the ball out.
John Elliottteaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.
...AND ANOTHER THING
"The Tour pros and their techno-boosted power haveoutgrown Doral's Blue Monster, which should be replaced because it routinelygets pummeled."
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"Never tug onSuperman's cape. Tiger will be fired up because he doesn't like taking abackseat to Phil."
—T.J. TOMASI, NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB
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