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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 154                                                       
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I don't like hitting straight ball flights. I like seeing the ball curve. I like making it curve. It's easier for me for my misses. So a left pin, I always on the range am trying to work draw patterns with the intent that they under draw, they don't quite reach the target. And then the same with the fades, to work off the middle of greens and fade towards the pin. And that's just the way I've always liked to play. It frees me up when I'm over my shots and allows me to -- if I've practiced it enough and I have good enough control, I know that my miss is still going to be on the green putting. And that's -- when I'm at my best that's the kind of golf that I'm playing.”

BRAIN TEASER: Only one player has recorded a top 10 in all three majors this season. Can you name him?

EASY COME, EASY GO!  As noted in yesterday’s issue, Rory McIlroy’s time at Firestone last week was a tale of two players. He was impressive off the tee and not so with his. According to the man himself, what makes him appear at times invincible also makes him mortal. “Last week highlighted a couple of things. I think what makes me so good with the driver is sometimes what makes me inconsistent with the wedges and hand speed and body speed and rotation, and the fact that sometimes you need a lot of separation in your upper and lower body with the driver in your hand but you don't need that separation with a wedge in your hand,” said McIlroy.

“I had a good chat with Thomas Bjorn about it last year in Scotland, and he said one of the reasons that I'm such a good wedge player is the same reason that I'm not a very good driver of the ball, and it's the opposite with me. So it's just about trying to find that blend. I've definitely become a little more rotational in my swing over the past couple of years, and some of that is through bad habit and some of that is through injury,” he added.

So USGA and R&A, does any of this anecdotal evidence/conjecture cross your respective desks when discussing the topic of distance? At the end of the day execution gets very little attention and despite being the best of the best, even they can run hot and cold when it comes to getting the job done. “The last time I won a Major in 2014 at Valhalla, I think that's one of the best times I swung the club really well at that point in time. And the feelings that I have now, it's just hard for me to get into those positions, and if I do get into those positions, it will make me a better wedge player. But it's a process. I've gotten into a couple of bad habits and that just makes it a little tougher for me to be consistent with a shorter club in my hand. I'm working on it and doing my best to get all parts of my game a little bit better each and every week, but for sure last week definitely highlighted a couple of things for me that I need to work on.”

WEB GEMS:

THEN AND NOW: Francesco Molinari made his major championship debut 12 years ago at the Masters alongside Tiger Woods and didn't make it to the weekend. That wasn't devastating. All he was doing was carrying his brother's bag. "I remember the bag being very heavy because my brother likes to carry around a lot of stuff that is not needed on the golf course, really," Molinari said Tuesday. "And just the feeling of not liking being on the other side of the bag, having someone hitting the shots. Obviously, I would have much rather been playing that week, but it was an amazing experience walking two rounds alongside Tiger and just being at the Masters." READ MORE>>>

BUBBLE BOY? Thomas Bjorn said on Tuesday that he wants to “see something” from out-of-form Sergio Garcia before finalizing his team for next month’s competition against the United States. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I don't like hitting straight ball flights. I like seeing the ball curve. I like making it curve. It's easier for me for my misses. So a left pin, I always on the range am trying to work draw patterns with the intent that they under draw, they don't quite reach the target. And then the same with the fades, to work off the middle of greens and fade towards the pin. And that's just the way I've always liked to play. It frees me up when I'm over my shots and allows me to -- if I've practiced it enough and I have good enough control, I know that my miss is still going to be on the green putting. And that's -- when I'm at my best that's the kind of golf that I'm playing.”--Jordan Spieth.

Tony Finau is the only player with a top 10 in all three majors this season (T9 Open Championship, T10 Masters, fifth at the U.S. Open)..

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