In this week's Front Nine I lay it out there that 2009 will be the best season for area golf fans in the last decade.
Here is what is on tap here in '09
Solheim Cup - Rich Harvest Links
BMW Championship - Cog Hill
Western Amateur - Conway Farms
U.S. Senior Amateur - Beverly Country Club
Don't believe me? Here is what happened locally in the last decade
2008: Bank of America Open (Nationwide Tour)
2007: BMW Championship, U.S. Amateur Public Links (USGA), LaSalle Bank Open (Nationwide Tour)
2006: PGA Championship, Western Open, LaSalle Bank Open
2005: Walker Cup (USGA), Western Open, LaSalle Bank Open
2004: Western Open, Kellogg-Keebler Classic, LaSalle Bank Open
2003: U.S. Open, Western Open, Kellogg-Keebler Classic, LaSalle Bank Open
2002: Western Open, SBC Senior Open, Kellogg-Keebler Classic, LaSalle Bank Open
2001: Western Open, U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (USGA), SBC Senior Open
2000: U.S. Women's Open, Western Open, SBC Senior Open
1999: PGA Championship, Western Open, Ameritech Senior Open
Yes, we've seen four major championships and some great champions in the last 10 years (Tiger Woods, Karrie Webb, Jim Furyk, Trevor Immelman, Hale Irwin, Colt Knost, Candie Kung and Annika Sorenstam) but this year offers a tremendous variety of golf for fans.
What do you think?
As for our tip of the week, that comes courtesy of Aurora Country Club head pro Aaron Sabers. We had to cut it down a little bit for print, but here's the whole tip.
Playing in Windy Conditions
As the Spring winds continue to gust, many of my Members ask me tips on playing in the wind. It is important to control your shot trajectory when playing in windy conditions to reduce the impact the wind will have on your shot. We have all heard the phrase "Swing easy when it's breezy" but most of us try to overpower the conditions instead of finesse our way through them. Remember that the harder you hit a ball, the more spin you will produce, and therefore the higher the ball flight will be. Here are some tips for keeping the ball low in the wind.
1. Play the ball slightly further back in your stance.
2. Take 1 or 2 extra clubs depending upon how hard the wind is blowing.
3. Stand slightly taller and more open than you would on a normal swing.
4. Reduce your grip pressure.
5. Make a two-thirds swing.
This may seem like too many things to think about to hit a shot but 4 of the 5 tips are pre-shot thoughts. Make a pre-shot checklist for numbers 1-4 above and then focus on a two-thirds swing and tempo during your actual swing.
The last suggestion when playing in windy conditions has to due with your aim. Don't try and fight the wind or work the ball back into the wind. Instead, play the wind and let it help you. If you have a 15mph wind coming left to right, make your target the left edge of the green and let the wind carry your ball to the center of the green rather than aiming at the pin and fighting the wind.
If you follow these simple tips, I am positive you will enjoy playing in the wind and maybe even look at it as an advantage over your opponent!
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