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How He Hits That: Webb Simpson's free-flowing swing

After Webb Simpson shot a pair of closing 68s to capture the U.S. Open Championship from a group of seasoned veterans--and a few fresh faces--we were hard-pressed to single out any one shot that won the tournament for him. Yes, the chip from a scruffy lie on 18 to save par was key. But so were several important tee shots, including a bullet on the long par-5 16th that Jim Furyk wishes he could have duplicated. And there were several pinpoint irons shots by Simpson that resulted in important birdies. Of course, Simpson's cross-handed belly putting will have many in the USGA wondering why that method is still legal (click the link here to see how he does it). But Kevin Hinton, one of Golf Digest's Best Young Teachers and the Teaching Professional at Piping Rock on Long Island, recalls his analysis from last year of Simpson's full swing. Click on the link here for Kevin's thoughts and to see slow motion video of Simpson's beautifully repeating swing.

Roger Schiffman
Managing Editor
Golf Digest
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