Bump and Run Brian Mogg

By David AllenAugust 21, 2009, 4:00 pm
We know it's difficult to find time to practice during the week. When a Saturday or Sunday tee time rolls around, you're hoping to find some spark or productive swing thought that will help you break 100, 90, 80 or whatever your scoring goal may be.

With the weekend warrior in mind we created Bump and Run, a weekly Q&A with some of the game's top instructors. Each Friday, a teaching professional will occupy this space and answer questions directed toward improving your game. This week it's Brian Mogg, swing coach for Tiger slayer Y.E. Yang.
Brian Mogg HeadshotBRIAN MOGG
Head golf professional, Brian Mogg Performance Center at Keene's Pointe Orlando, FL

Accomplishments:
- Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America
- Second-team All America, Ohio State University (1983)
- 2nd place, 1988 Southern Farm Bureau Classic

Students (past and present):
Y.E. Yang, Bart Bryant, D.A. Points, John Cook, Mi Hyun Kim

Web Site:
www.moggperformance.com

Contact: 1-800-954-2672
The Korean-born Yang stood mano-a-mano with Woods in the final round of the PGA Championship last week, and took down the world's No. 1-ranked player with the help of an eagle chip-in and a dramatic birdie on the final hole. Yang defeated Woods by three strokes, despite entering the final round with a seemingly insurmountable two-stroke deficit ' Woods had been 14 of 14 in majors when either leading or sharing the lead heading into the final round.

'On the Wednesday before the tournament, I told [Golf Channel analyst] Brandel Chamblee that Y.E.'s playing well enough that Id be shocked if he didnt finish in the top 10 or 20,' said Mogg. 'He might even have a chance to win. He did everything I thought he would do.'

To submit a question to Mogg or one of our teachers, please e-mail bumpandrun@thegolfchannel.com and check back every Friday to see if your question got answered.

Yang didn't flinch at all in the presence of Tiger. Why did he seem so calm?

That didnt surprise me. Its not his makeup at all. He puts less pressure on himself than any golfer Ive ever met. You cant say Tiger lost, Y.E. truly won the event.

The 3-hybrid shot Yang hit to 12 feet [from 210 yards] on the final hole to seal the deal...how he'd do that?

Y.E. Yang Celebraties his birdie putt to win PGA
Y.E. Yang celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
He just about made it in the practice round, from about the same distance, so I felt hed hit a good shot. The credit to him is hes thinking Tigers going to knock it stiff, so he has to be aggressive. Thats a fantastic tip for amateurs ' instead of hitting a safe shot, he hit a much more positive shot. As for how to hit a hybrid, Y.E. is very much a swinger of the golf club. He doesn't hit at the ball, he lets the ball get in the way of his swing.

Since you started working with Y.E. 18 months ago, what is the biggest change you've seen to his game or his swing?

He used to get so far in front of the ball with his lower body and hes gotten a lot better at staying behind it. We had an epiphany of sorts in January at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. We were on the range at Poppy Hills on Monday night, it was freezing cold, and I started doing a drill where I held his head in place as he swung. And, for the first time, he felt like he didnt sway forward. I knew if he could feel his head staying back just one time he could work his right shoulder more under his chin instead of across his face. He literally started smoking the ball. He finished top 25 at Pebble then won a few weeks later in Florida.

A good tip there is to keep your left ear, left eye, and left cheek behind the ball at impact.

Any advice for the weekend warrior? Something that may help them drop a shot or two during their Saturday or Sunday round?

To use Y.E. is as an example, play within yourself. His tempo is within himself, his control of his swing is within himself. If you want to pick on Tiger a little bit sometimes he goes at it so hard he starts falling around. For the golfer who doesnt play that much, you cant force your swing to happen. You wont have the timing.

Any tip on how you can stay within yourself on the course, in case your tempo gets a little too quick?

Try to finish on balance on your feet in the finish, and have equal or constant grip pressure throughout the swing so youre grip pressure is never changing, squeezing or hardening.

One of our readers, Joe, writes in: I constantly hold onto the club and have a chicken-wing finish which causes thin and weak shots. Can you help?

Id have him make left-arm only practice swings with a short iron. Inevitably, because the club is so heavy, you have no choice but to fold the left arm down. Youve got to fold the left arm down after impact to square the clubface.

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    Watch: Tiger's Saturday birdies at Honda

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 9:20 pm

    Tiger Woods was in almost total control of his game for the majority of his third round Saturday at PGA National. And although he was once again bit by the Bear Trap, the 14-time major winner tapped in for birdie at the par-5 18th to post a round of 1-under 69 and fight his way back to even par for the week.

    Four back to start the day, Woods parred his first seven holes before pouring in his first birdie via this flagged iron from 139 at the par-4 eighth:

    Woods hit three more quality approaches at 9, 10 and 11 but couldn't get a putt to drop.

    The lid finally came off the hole at No. 12 when he holed a key 17-footer for par to keep his scorecard clean.

    One hole later, Woods added a second circle to that card, converting this 14-footer for a birdie-3 that moved him back into red figures at 1 under par for the week.

    Unfortunately, the Bear Trap would ensnare Tiger for the second day in a row. Woods, whose iron play had looked as crisp as it had in years, sailed approaches long and left at both the par-3 15th and par-3 17th, leading to bogeys which erased the two birdies he worked so hard to secure.

    But just like on Friday, Woods rallied back with a late birdie, this one at the home hole, to steal back a shot.

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    O. Fisher, Pepperell share lead at Qatar Masters

    By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 5:13 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Oliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old Englishman shot a 7-under 65 for an overall 16-under 200. Eddie Pepperell (66) picked up shots on the 16th and 18th to catch his compatriot and the pair enjoy a two-shot lead over American Sean Crocker (67) in third.

    David Horsey (65) was the biggest mover of the day with the Englishman improving 31 places for a share of fourth place at 12 under with, among others, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Andrea Pavan.

    Fisher, winner of the 2011 Czech Open, made some stunning putts on his way in. After an eight-footer on the par-4 15th, he then drove the green on the short par-4 16th for an easy birdie, before making a 12-footer on the 17th and a 15-footer on the 18th.

    Like Pepperell, Fisher also had just one bogey to show on his card, also on the 12th hole.


    Full-field scores from the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters


    ''I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,'' said Fisher, who has dropped to 369th in the world rankings.

    ''You can quite easily make a few bogeys without doing that much wrong here, so it's important to be patient and keep giving yourself chances.''

    Pepperell, ranked 154th in the world after a strong finish to his 2017 season, has been a picture of consistency in the tournament. He was once again rock-solid throughout the day, except one bad hole - the par-4 12th. His approach shot came up short and landed in the rocks, the third ricocheted back off the rocks, and he duffed his fourth shot to stay in the waste area.

    But just when a double bogey or worse looked imminent, Pepperell holed his fifth shot for what was a remarkable bogey. And he celebrated that escape with a 40-feet birdie putt on the 13th.

    ''I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn't let it bother me,'' said the 27-year-old Pepperell, who hit his third shot to within four feet on the par-5 18th to join Fisher on top.

    The long-hitting Crocker is playing on invites on the European Tour. He made a third eagle in three days - on the par-4 16th for the second successive round.

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    Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

    By Tiger TrackerFebruary 24, 2018, 4:45 pm

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    Uihlein fires back at Jack in ongoing distance debate

    By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 4:32 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Wally Uihlein challenged Jack Nicklaus’ assault this week on the golf ball.

    Uihlein, an industry force as president and CEO of Titleist and FootJoy parent company Acushnet for almost 20 years, retired at year’s start but remains an adviser.

    In an interview with ScoreGolf on Friday, Uihlein reacted to Nicklaus’ assertions that the ball is responsible for contributing to a lot of the troubles the game faces today, from slow play and sagging participation to the soaring cost to play.

    Uihlein also took the USGA and The R&A to task.

    The ball became a topic when Nicklaus met with reporters Tuesday at the Honda Classic and was asked about slow play. Nicklaus said the ball was “the biggest culprit” of that.

    “It appears from the press conference that Mr. Nicklaus was blaming slow play on technology and the golf ball in particular,” Uihlein said. “I don’t think anyone in the world believes that the golf ball has contributed to the game’s pace of play issues.”

    Nicklaus told reporters that USGA executive director Mike Davis pledged over dinner with him to address the distance the golf ball is flying and the problems Nicklaus believes the distance explosion is creating in the game.

    “Mike Davis has not told us that he is close, and he has not asked us for help if and when he gets there,” Uihlein said.

    ScoreGolf pointed out that the Vancouver Protocol of 2011 was created after a closed-door meeting among the USGA, The R&A and equipment manufacturers, with the intent to make any proposed changes to equipment rules or testing procedures more transparent and to allow participation in the process.

    “There are no golf courses being closed due to the advent of evolving technology,” Uihlein said. “There is no talk from the PGA Tour and its players about technology making their commercial product less attractive. Quite the opposite, the PGA Tour revenues are at record levels. The PGA of America is not asking for a roll back of technology. The game’s everyday player is not advocating a roll back of technology.”

    ScoreGolf said Uihlein questioned why the USGA and The R&A choose courses that “supposedly” can no longer challenge the game’s best players as preferred venues for the U.S. Open, The Open and other high-profile events.

    “It seems to me at some point in time that the media should be asking about the conflict of interest between the ruling bodies while at the same time conducting major championships on venues that maybe both the athletes and the technology have outgrown,” he said. “Because it is the potential obsolescence of some of these championship venues which is really at the core of this discussion.”