Class Continues July 19, 2011

By Martin HallJuly 19, 2011, 11:00 pm

Q: Off of the tee box, I am getting no air under my ball; only line drives. I've tried teeing the ball higher and moving it up in my stance, but still I'm hitting low drives. Any suggestions?
-    Mitch (Williamston, SC)

A: You must be de-lofting the club at impact, very often caused by a strong grip and hands too far ahead of the ball, both at address and impact. I would start by having the grip end of the club point at your belt buckle at address, and in so doing, see that the lead arm and club shaft do not form a straight line. Almost certainly you will feel some angle in the back of the left wrist at address that you haven't recently been feeling. Have a 'V' formed by the thumb and forefinger of each hand point upwards to your chin, not outside your back shoulder. As you glance at the club you should be able to see plenty of club face, keeping the loft on the club. This should do it. Good luck.

Q: I have trouble keeping my right elbow tucked in my downswing. As a result, I hit a lot of shots straight right, fade & slice. Any ideas on keeping the right elbow tucked in on the downswing?

-    Louis B.

A: I wouldn't recommend that you try and keep the right elbow tucked; that may well cause you to leave the club face open. To stop your fade and push, you need to close your face more by impact. You might start with your grip: make sure the heel pad of the lead hand is on top of the grip at address and try turning both hands more to the right, to strengthen your grip. As you take the club away from the ball, feel like you keep the club face looking at the ball for the first 18”. At the top, feel the right wrist is bent back, as if carrying a tray - - this helps close the club face. And if needed, on the downswing turn your right palm down to the ground to help close the club face. All of these are more likely to stop your slice than tucking your right elbow. Good luck.

Q: I’m thirteen years old and I have always had trouble on the putting green. I just don’t know how hard to hit it. I was wondering if you knew any drills for me to get my feel down?

-    Simon L.

A: I have two suggestions that will help. Firstly, on the practice green hit putts from all types of distances looking at the hole when you putt, not the ball. Address the ball, then look at the hole, then putt. Let your hand-eye coordination tell you how hard to hit the ball; you'll be surprised at the results. Secondly, after every putt, whether you are practicing or playing, hold the finish of your stroke until the ball has stopped rolling, no matter how good or bad the putt. Without going into too much detail this 'still' position at the finish allows for the brain to store and evaluate the result of the putt and gradually create a bank of information to draw on, otherwise known as “experience”. All a very underrated discipline to develop, but suggest strongly you make this a habit. Good luck.

Q: My biggest problem is with irons, especially off the tee. I have a 5-hybrid that I hit long and straight but I pull out a 6-iron and it shanks off to the right and only goes about 90 yards. Why am I having such trouble and what can I do to fix it? Thanks!

-    Chris O. (Facebook)

A: It sounds almost certain that you are hitting the ball right in the heel of the club and shanking it. My suggestions are to make sure you are balanced at address, weight under the arches of the feet, not on the toes. Secondly, I would want you to check that your backswing is not too flat, as this can lead to a shank; strive for a fairly vertical plane to your backswing. Thirdly, on the downswing, under no circumstances must you 'reach' for the ball, rather have the feeling of crowding your legs with your hands, keeping the hands feeling close to the legs just before and after impact. Hope this helps.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

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  

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; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (