Monday, August 06, 2007

Michelle Wie plunges below top fifty(?), Tiger Woods helps Annika Sorenstam at British Open and putting tips from Leadbetter, Toski and Reinmuth

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Never trash talk against Tiger Woods! And don't ever believe that Woods forgets what he hears, as Rory Sabbatini found out the hard way during yesterday's final round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. As Tiger stated he "let his clubs do the talking" and easily defeated the rest of the field as Sabbatini ate his words that Woods was "as beatable as ever".

Annika Sorenstam did not let her tiger out of the tank at the Ricoh Women's British Open even with the assistance of Woods' yardage book in her back pocket. Instead, Lorena Ochoa made easy work of the rest of the ladies in the field, going wire-to-wire and proving she is the best female golfer in the world.

Michelle Wie wasn't even a consideration during the event as she missed the cut. David Leadbetter believed that it was too soon for Wie to compete and felt that she may be compensating, "pushing the envelope a bit", instead of what he considers to be a four-step plan to a full recovery. Michelle Wie optimistically spoke of her terrific driving ability, noting that her putter and approach shots were off the mark. But, as we all know, you drive for show and putt for dough.

So where does Wie stand now? Has she fallen below the top-fifty on the Rolex Rankings? And, why are bloggers everywhere still buzzing about the mystique of Michelle instead of the achievements of Lorena Ochoa?

This week, we discuss strategies for long putting as offered up by David Leadbetter. In keeping with the British Open theme, we also discuss a video golf putting tip from Dean Reinmuth viewed on Tee Vision.

Finally we look at where the swing actually begins and how to make solid contact as viewed by Bob Toski.

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