By Matthew RudyCastle Pines Golf Club might be most famous for the milkshakes it served during its 21-year run as the host for the PGA Tour's International, from 1986-2006. But elite-level amateurs know the 7,619-yard course outside Denver more for two other reasons. It is the site of annual Charlie Coe Invitational, and the home club of top Colorado instructor Don Hurter. Coe was one of the most decorated amateur players ever -- he won two U.S. Amateurs and played in 19 straight Masters, finishing second to Gary Player in 1961 -- and a longtime Castle Pines member. The two-man team event named in his honor draws top amateurs from around the country and is being played this week.
"At address, you have your ball position too far forward and your shoulders are set up open," says Hurter, a mainstay on Golf Digest's list of top Colorado teachers and the 1978 U.S. Junior Amateur champion as a player. "Play the ball nearer the inside of your left heel and start with your shoulders square to the target line. I'd also like to see you work hard on keeping your lower body more quiet on the backswing. The extra movement makes it a challenge to bring the clubhead back to the ball at impact in the same place every time. You're going to get more distance if you find the center of the face more often."
The last swing comes all the way from Malta and reader Quint van Beek. Hurter says Quint can get more consistent ball flight from his already impressive swing by adjusting his stance and head position.
"This is a really nice swing, but I bet your misses are to the left," Hurter says. "You get a little too closed with your feet and shoulders, and your left arm is a little high. That will make the club move to the inside on the backswing. It looks like your eyes are a tilted so that the right one is higher as well. Get a little more neutral with your set up level with your eyes -- feel like you're setting up to hit a fade. Your misses will be more playable."