9 Apr 2012
Well my top 10 picks for this year’s Masters, fizzled. While I was right on about Tiger and Phil, the injury to Jason Day was unfortunate. Kuchar did contend until an errant tee shot on 16 on Sunday, following his eagle on 15.
Luke Donald is struggling. Last season the fix for his errant ball flights was a simple spine angle/shaft angle fix. Since he didn’t get there in his analysis of what was wrong, his attempted fix is now, additionally, causing a timing problem. He is now so lost out there that the pressure he is putting on his short game is finally taking its toll.
Watney, Woodland, Dustin Johnson and Bill Haas simply need better footwork to consistently feel their delivery of motion. Sam Snead, when working with me, always stressed the importance of good footwork – which is why, when he got off his game, he quickly got it back by practicing barefoot.
Barefooted, we can far better feel balance, the direction the right side is firing, and bracing up on a firm left post axis – so we can spin in place, thus delivering with most consistent timing.
The big surprise at this week’s Masters was that both Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen did indeed putt well enough to contend. Bubba’s (4) consecutive birdies on 13, 14, 15, and 16 were every bit as remarkable as Schwartzel’s (4) birdie finish last year.
What a wonderful win for Bubba and his homemade approach to the game. His win was good for golf. But before you go out and try to copy his swing, let’s remember, Bubba has perhaps the most talented hands ever to play this game. His feel of both clubface and distance control is nothing short of amazing! A BIG CONGRATS TO BUBBA WATSON on his spectacular win on the second playoff hole over South African Louis Oosthuizen. THAT RECOVERY SHOT FROM THE PINES WAS UNBELIEVABLE!
And let’s remember, Louis hit putts on both playoff holes that he thought he’d made. It just wasn’t meant to be for Oosty this year. The Golf Gods, who always seem to make their presence known at the Masters, smiled on Bubba this year.
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