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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Phil at 50 (Yards, That Is)

How about 60 seconds of pitching instruction from Phil? He's doing so well around Riviera this week I thought it was appropriate. Just as Luke Donald did a set of instructional videos for Mizuno, this is part of a series Phil did for Callaway.

I know what you're thinking -- "But Mike says we aren't supposed to accelerate the club." Let me quickly explain this.

When most people hear the word accelerate, they end up jerking the club offline and don't hit the ball solidly. Gravity IS acceleration -- a constant acceleration of 32 ft/sec2 --so the club automatically accelerates if you don't stop it.

And that's where the problem is. People decelerate the club when they take a long backswing and a short followthrough, which is exactly the problem that Phil is talking about here. Phil wants you to take a short backswing and a long followthrough. That will keep you from decelerating the club at impact because you have to keep moving through the stroke to get that high finish he's demonstrating. No slowing down at the ball -- got that?

Give it a try. You don't have to jerk the club to accelerate the clubhead. Trust Phil -- he knows what he's talking about.

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