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CM Winter 2016 Issue

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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 107 Tom Kite is widely considered one of the greatest wedge players of all time, and says that the key to knocking down the flag inside 60 yards is exercising good distance control — a skill that helped him win the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Photo: Pebble Beach Company continuous swings with the handle pointed down toward the ground. He would then turn the club around the correct way and swing normally. This gave him a greater feel for the weight of the clubhead, which would appear much heavier when he turned it around to its normal posi- tion. Then, he would think about running the clubhead back into the ball squarely. Once you have acquired this new feel, your task is to swing the club at the level of effort that allows you to feel the clubhead throughout the swing. If your hands and arms are too tight, you lose the entire feel for where the club is in your swing. If they are loose, though, you will start to become aware of the feel of the clubhead and where it is in your swing. You will also see how your body moves in concert with, and in support of, the weight of the club. These are some really interesting ideas from some of the best players in the history of the game, and can help you develop more consistency with the partial shots as well as a feel for your golf club in the full swing. Come visit us at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy to see how else we can help you enjoy a great golf season in 2016. For more information, go to or call 831/622-8650.

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