How He Hit That: Kaymer's waste area approach on Day 3 of the U.S. Open
By Matthew Rudy
Coming off a spectacular bogey on the fourth hole -- his second of the day -- Martin Kaymer's six-shot lead at the start of play was down to four. He then tugged his drive on the par-5 fifth hole into the native area, drawing a patchy lie. Another bad swing could have clipped his cushion even more, but he hit what could end up being the definitive shot of the tournament -- a drawing 7-iron to five feet, setting up an eagle that would get him back to even for the day and stabilize his front nine.
"The key to success out of those waste areas is the same as it is from a fairway bunker," says ESPN Swing Coach Jerome Andrews. "He kept his legs very quiet and his center in line with the ball, and made an arms-only swing. You can see in the slow-motion replay how he made just perfect contact with the ball first, and then the dirt. It was a terrific shot."
Kaymer's 7-iron carried just shy of 200 yards on the shot thanks to a flier lie, baked out conditions and world-class talent. When you try it home, take a club or two more than you would normally from the yardage and choke up on the handle. "That will give you enough distance without promotion an out-of-control swing," says Andrews, the Director of Instruction at Spring Creek Golf Club outside Charlottesville, Va. "You want your feet to be stable in the sand, which you can't do if you're swinging out of your shoes."