If you watched the Arnold Palmer Invitational over the weekend, you witnessed a competition that was conducted similarly to the U.S. Open. The greens were fast and hard, the rough was gnarly, and the winds were swirling. It made for excellent watching and was painful for those who had to endure it.
A combat took place on Bay Hill as part of an attrition war. With each missed stroke, enormous numbers awaited, and pars came with a sigh of relief. The simplest way to put it was how Gary Woodland described it after his brutal final-round 73.
He said, “I’m pleased I’m off that golf course.” I’m pleased to be finished.
In Orlando, it was that kind of week. Players had to use every shot in their bags because of the challenging playing conditions, especially near the greens. The typical driving range chips and pitches were mostly useless.
Even on pitches inside 75 yards, it occasionally required curving the ball to get to those difficult-to-reach hole spots. Even though it’s a difficult move, it’s necessary while playing a brutish course like Bay Hill. In order for you to add these strokes to your repertoire, GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jonathan Yarwood shared a video over the weekend that explains the technique involved.
Yarwood remarks, “Assume the flag is at 12 o’clock on the clock face.” “Point your body at 11:00.”
You should now position the clubface behind the ball with an open setup. But slightly expand the face rather than keeping it parallel to the target.
Pull the club handle down and toward your lead knee while positioning yourself closer to the ball than you would on a typical pitch.
He says, “From this position, I have no choice but to lift the club up and away from me.” The handle is then pushed hard to the left. “However, the essential move from here is feeling like the left pocket keeps moving, the ribs keep moving, and the belt buckle keeps moving. It resembles pulling the handle into my pocket almost exactly.
You are essentially cutting across the ball through impact as you release the club to the left. Additionally, you should be able to produce cut spin that moves the ball from left to right as long as you keep the clubface open and don’t roll it shut.
If you truly rip your body open, it also enhances spin, he adds. It’s a fantastic shot to have available.