Annika Appeals to All Golfers in New Book
He flipped through the pages and liked what he saw.
Ill read this, Els said. She does a lot of good things with her swing. Her basics are excellent.
He was looking at Golf Annikas Way, which Gotham Books is releasing this week. Sorenstam wrote the instructional book with help from swing coach Henri Reis, longtime Swedish Golf Federation coach Pia Nilsson, trainer Kai Fusser and the editors of Golf magazine.
The purpose is to take readers inside her Hall-of-Fame career ' 53 victories on the LPGA Tour, seven major championships, the career Grand Slam, the only woman to shoot 59, and how she coped with the pressure as the first woman in 58 years to compete on the PGA Tour.
Els unsolicited endorsement was important.
While there are plenty of instruction books on the market ' Els has done two of them himself ' very few have been written by women. Sorenstam is the most famous female golfer in the world, one of those rare athletes known by one name. Still, she believes her book can appeal to more than just women.
I think its for everyone, Sorenstam said. I think it will help the average golfer, somebody who understands a little bit of the game and wants to get better.
Sorenstam never realized she knew so much about the swing.
She describes herself as a feel player, and having played golf more than half her life, the swing comes naturally to her. Only when she went into the details, from hitting the driver to holing a few putts, did she appreciate how so many working parts fit together.
It was amazing when we started to get into the instruction part of it, she said. I had to express or explain something. I had to write it down, go step by step and find ways to make this easy. A lot of these things come naturally to me. But as a beginner, its important to get down to the basics.
She never relied on instruction books as a kid in Sweden because she had a coach. Along with Reis putting her through drills (such as moving her head forward at impact, her signature move), Nilsson instilled the concept of Vision 54, which teaches players not to put any limitations on themselves.
But writing an instruction book of her own?
Ive read a few of them, but I always felt like they were so complicated, Sorenstam said. I wanted there to be a lot of pictures in this book, and easy explanations, not too detailed so that its page after page of how to swing. I wanted to see examples ' yes, do this; no, dont do that.
Helping her along were Golf magazine senior editor Tara Gravel (biography and fitness chapters) and associate editor Dave Allen, who works with Sorenstam on instructional pieces for the magazine.
The most amazing thing I can say about her is that all these guys on tour are constantly making swing changes, and major equipment changes, Allen said. Shes done it with the same swing, the same company (Callaway). Ever since she was a teenager, her swing hasnt changed.
Gravel worked with Sorenstam on two areas of the book that are geared more toward inspiration than instruction. One is some background on Sorenstam, how she got started and all the places it led her ' an NCAA title at Arizona, a U.S. Womens Open for her first win and that 4-wood off the 10th tee at Colonial. The other was fitness, although Sorenstam said she hopes that wont scare away anyone who cant squat 300 pounds.
The meat of the book is the swing, seven chapters that break down every facet of her game ' driving, fairway metals, long irons, wedges, chipping, bunker play and putting.
Two-time PGA champion Dave Stockton has been Sorenstams putting guru for years. Sorenstam also offers chipping advice she got from playing one of several practice rounds with Tiger Woods.
Sorenstam used to hit a collection of clubs to chip around the green, from 7-iron to wedge. Playing with Woods, she noticed him using almost exclusively the sand wedge.
Theres a lot of things Tiger can do that I cant, because a lot of it is strength, she said. But my feel has increased around the greens by using the same club. You learn different shots, different lofts, and you practice those. If you dont play golf every day, its not the way to go.
If someone can only read one chapter, Sorenstam recommends the one on course management. Thats an area she doesnt think gets enough attention, and one that has helped separate her from the rest of her peers.
She wont consider a risky shot unless she can pull it off six times out of 10. She would rather play a longer club into the green than a shorter one from the rough. If she cant reach a par 5 in two, sometimes its not worth it to hit driver off the tee.
Material from this chapter came without warning. Allen was at Lake Nona for a photo shoot in December 2001, the year Sorenstam shot 59 in Phoenix.
We were waiting for the dew to burn off and she just opened up, he said. She loves to talk about course management.
What fascinated Allen is the lack of any course management on her opening hole at Colonial. Sorenstam said she and her caddie, Terry McNamara, had a strategy for every shot on the course except her first drive, because she had no idea how she would react ' or where the tee shot would go ' with the world watching.
If she chunked it or bladed it into the crowd, they werent putting any expectations on that shot, he said. They only plan was to go find it and play from there.
Sorenstam split the middle of the fairway and went on to make a routine par.
She has a plan ' and high expectations ' for her first book. She hopes it can reach a lot of average players who want to get better, men and women alike.
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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.
The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.
“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”
To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.
“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”
For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.
Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.
“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”
Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.
“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.
That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.
“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”
"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel
Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie
Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open
To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.
“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”
Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:
- Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
- Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
- A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.
“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like
that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange
“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico
Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.
How to watch The Open on TV and online
You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.
Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie
In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.
Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:
(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)
Monday, July 16
GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Tuesday, July 17
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Wednesday, July 18
GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Thursday, July 19
GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)
GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Friday, July 20
GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Saturday, July 21
GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)
Sunday, July 22
GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)
GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)
GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)