By Matthew Rudy
Here's a video from this year's Honda Classic that helps illustrate just how Rory does this.
By Matthew Rudy
By Matthew Rudy
Eagles to win major championships are unlikely by themselves. Mo Martin's was even more unlikely than that.
The diminutive Californian hit her 3-wood approach on the 18th at Birkdale from 240 yards in swirling winds and watched as it rolled toward the hole like a putt. It bounced off the pin and ended up six feet away. She sank the next for her first eagle of the 2014 season, and a one-shot victory at the Women's British Open.
By Matthew RudyEach time Angel Cabrera overpowers a major championship with huge tee shots at critical moments, we wonder why he doesn't do it a "regular" Tour stop.
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"He does all the regular things tour players do well, in terms of setup and balance, but you can see where all that extra power comes from when he goes into his backswing," says three-time World Long Drive champion Sean Fister. "On the backswing, his right elbow works higher than his left. At the top, his right elbow is high, in that Jack Nicklaus position that is so signature of a long hitter. After the transition, he slams that right elbow into his right hip and starts turning hard."
By Matthew RudyCongressional played long and hard for the Quicken Loans National, which meant that the winner needed to get the same out of his irons. Justin Rose put on an approach-shot clinic from 199-229 yards, hitting five out of six greens and averaging 27 feet from the hole -- six feet better than the tour average from that distance. On the 11th hole Sunday, he drew a 5-iron to five feet from 209 yards, setting up a birdie that would give him the lead at five under.
"On U.S. Open-type courses like Congressional, you have to be able to hit those shots hard and high, and shape them to get at pins," says Lukas McNair, a senior instructor at the Hank Haney Vista Ridge location outside Dallas. "On that shot at 11, Justin hit the exact shot that was called for -- a high draw that used the slope."
By Matthew RudyIt was clear from the start that Martin Kaymer's putter was the best club in his bag. He one-putted 18 of his first 36 greens, and made 11 birdies against one bogey to get to 10 under by Friday afternoon.
By Matthew Rudy
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."Follow @RudyWriter
By Matthew RudyMartin Kaymer is laying a beatdown for the ages, and his gaudy 25-for-28 fairways hit stat is part of the reason why. As good as the accuracy number is, it doesn't even tell the complete story. Kaymer has not only hit fairways, he's done it primarily with driver, averaging 301 yards off the tee. He has found the ideal lanes within most fairways to leave himself makable birdie chances, and he's coverting thanks to a hot putter.
By Kevin Hinton
With his win at the Frys.com Open, Jonas Blixt became the third rookie to win on the PGA Tour this year. Jonas' superb putting made up for an average week of ball-striking, where he finished only T-59th in greens in regulation. Blixt led the field in total putts, with 25 putts in the final round and only 105 for the week. He also completed the event without a three-putt. Remarkably, this was Blixt's third consecutive event without three-putting. His last was 243 holes ago, during the third round of the Barclays on August 25th. Blixt currently leads the PGA Tour in the statistical putting category of stroke gained, which is considered to identify the tour's best putter.
Below we look at Blixt's cross-handed putting style, and whether it's something that might benefit your game.
Benefits to Cross-Handed Putting
Level is better
By putting "left-hand low," it becomes much easier to level your shoulders at address than with conventional putting. This will also help to level out your eyeline. Many people struggle with their putting simply because they have too much tilt at address.
Turn off the electricity
Similar to the variations of the "claw" grip, putting cross-handed can help eliminate the right hand from taking over at impact. The grip can definitely reduce a players' potential for yipping. The belly and long putters also attempt to counter any unwanted electricity at impact, but cross-handed often offers a much shorter learning curve than these other methods.
Winds of change
If you are struggling with your putting, the simplest fix can be just to change. Change your putter, change your grip, change your routine. . . change anything! Putting is so mental, and in theory should be so simple, sometimes all we need is a different perspective or a fresh loo. Switching to cross-handed just may provide that.