How He Hit ThatJune 8, 2015

How He Hit That: David Lingmerth's persistent consistency

Winning on the PGA Tour is hard. Doing it in a playoff, at Jack Nickaus' event, against one of the tour's steadiest players in Justin Rose, is even harder.

David Lingmerth won his first tour title in style, shooting a final-round 69 and outlasting Rose in a three-hole playoff. Lingmerth got up and down out of the bunker to save par on the second playoff hole, then striped his tee shot right down the middle on the third while Rose blocked himself behind some trees.

Lingmerth isn't big at 5-foot-7, 175 pounds, but he gets power and accuracy from his simple, consistent swing. "He stays very centered on the backswing, pivoting around his pelvis," says Golf Digest 50 Best teacher Mike Adams, who is based at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ. "He sets the club early, which really gives him great control over the club."

No matter your size, you can get some of Lingmerth's pop in your shots by using the ground better, says Adams. "As he starts down, he loads his verticals by squatting with his legs," says Adams. "He's using the ground brilliantly to push up as he hits the shot. That's a dramatic power producer."

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