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Trevino’s "Secret" Swing Tip

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Traits of the greats: Learn Trevino's swing secret is part of Connell Barrett’s interview with Tex Mex.
Connell’s previous day's headline reads:  “5 questions with Lee Trevino: Merry Mex on playing pain-free, his near-death experience, and his secret to the swing”

Question 5 - You’re considered one of the greatest ball-strikers ever. You once said that you found a secret move that took you from a 4-handicap swing to a Tour-level swing. Inquiring hackers want to know: What was it?

Merry Mex’s answer: “It happened when I realized that in the swing the knuckles on the left hand are equivalent to the leading edge of the clubface—that whatever the back of your left hand is doing at impact is what your clubface is doing. Here [he leans forward], hold a club in your left hand. Now, the back of your hand represents the clubface, and wherever this “face” goes [he points at the back of my left hand], it turns the face of the club. So if you want to keep the club on target through impact, those knuckles on the left hand should face the target [at impact]. The face will only go where the left hand goes."

And by the way Connell wasn’t just being nice when he suggested Lee was a great ball-striker. The experts reckon he is/was up there with Hogan and a guy called Moe Norman.
You’ve never heard of Moe Norman?
Watch this space when I’m even more stuck for golf news than at present.
The FedEx computations-Boring. Greg picks Adam Scott for the President’s Cup-Only interesting if you’re an Aussie. And I’m tired of reading about Brandt Snedeker four-putting from 12 feet at the BMW.

However I did get a wee bit excited and dead envious when reading this piece of news by John Strege

“The Stanford men's golf team opened its fall season Tuesday with a 36-hole match against Princeton at Shinnecock Hills (ranked No. 3 on Golf Digest's 100 Greatest). In advance of the match, it played practice rounds at Pine Valley (ranked No. 2), Sebonack (No. 39) and Friar's Head.
Not bad for a week's work.”

By all accounts and the research I’ve done, Pine Valley deserves its high ranking.
Here’s a link to the guy at Golf Club Atlas who has a great web site which includes many famous golf courses he’s played, including Pine Valley.

His 1999 coverage of New Zealand  is somewhat out of date.
“There are only two courses guaranteed to please every far traveling golfer – Paraparaumu Beach GC and Wairakei International. A third course, Titirangi GC in Auckland, is a solid MacKenzie course but its slow start might leave several golfers unimpressed.”

No doubt there are several Titirangi members who will be unimpressed with his comments about their course.
I played there a couple of times last week and it’s lookin’ great.. In fact this has to be THE time to play Titirangi. In winter it gets soggy wet and in summer more than a tad dry.

Today’s thought.
Click on Connell Barrett’s video clip to see and hear Merry Mex



This post was originally published on the 17th of September 2009. It is being republished as part of a 'best of' series, running over the next two weeks.

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