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How the Open chief discovered a kindred spirit in … Lee Trevino?

Brian Harman on Friday at Royal Liverpool — and one among his swing whisperers, Lee Trevino.

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Brian Harman mentioned it wasn’t something particular. Just a few golf discuss between him, a 5-foot-7 30-something from Georgia, and his new bud, a 5-foot-7 80-something from Texas. 

This weekend, you’re seemingly going to see quite a lot of the previous. Harman must be across the prime of the Open Championship leaderboard all weekend at Royal Liverpool, the place he lit up the observe to the tune of a six-under 65 on Friday. He birdied 4 (2, 3, 4 and 5), eagled one (18, on a 14-footer) and bogeyed none. 

You might have heard of the opposite man. 

Lee Trevino. Six-time main winner. Twenty-nine-time PGA Tour winner. Knower of all that’s the golf swing. Talker of the whole lot. 

And there the 2 have been final 12 months on the driving vary at St. Andrews, forward of final 12 months’s Open. In a approach, they’re kindred spirits. Harman’s discovered honest success as a 14-year professional, however is a grinder. Kinda like the opposite man, who hasn’t been shy about dishing data all through the years, however doesn’t essentially hand it out to only anybody. 

“Lee has all the time been extremely good to me,” Harman mentioned after his spherical on Friday. “I wouldn’t anticipate him to know me from — couldn’t choose me out of a lineup of two, I’d think about, however he’s all the time made it a degree to say good day so I’ve all the time appreciated him and all the time made it a degree every time I’m round him to speak to him.”

As they did final 12 months, when Trevino walked as much as Brian “One-Putt” Harman. Sure, he had given him a nickname, after believing that he did nothing however what the title says. (To that finish, Harman was among the many Strokes Gained: Placing leaders on the Open.) After the pleasantries, they talked concerning the golf swing.

On the time, GOLF’s Luke Kerr-Dineen talked with Justin Parsons, Harman’s swing coach, and he summed up the dialog this manner:

“Harman and Trevino are each related heights, and Trevino was constructed equally in his prime. That lends itself to some technical similarities.

“‘They’ve each received a really sq. path aspect [at setup] and a really open lead aspect,’ Parsons explains.

“For each gamers, standing barely open allowed extra hip rotation via the ball. That’s a part of what they talked about, Parsons mentioned, nevertheless it additionally led to Trevino sharing an important swing thought that made all of it work.

“‘[Trevino] mentioned he felt he stored the strain inside his path foot,’ Parsons mentioned. ‘He would load up in that place after which spring off it.’

“Stress on this context, for reference, is the sensation of pushing down into the bottom. When Trevino says he’s preserving the strain on the within of his path foot, he’s successfully saying he’s preserving his weight on the within of his path foot all through his swing.

Lee Trevino hits shot at St. Andrews prior to 2022 Open Championship

This was the fascinating tip Lee Trevino shared with a British Open hopeful


Luke Kerr-Dineen

“That feeling allowed Trevino to load his path leg, with out drifting too far off heart.”

“Right here’s a legend, on the vary,” Harman instructed Hearth Pit Collective’s Michael Bamberger on the time. “To have an opportunity to speak to Lee Trevino and never do it, that may be simply flawed. He has the reward for making the golf swing easy. Typically you get so caught within the TrackMan numbers, and all of the numbers, you lose that the golf swing is extra artwork than science.” 

Some time later, the 5-foot-7 30-something from Georgia, and the 5-foot-7 80-something from Texas went their very own methods. 

This weekend, the previous might be taking part in for his first main championship. The latter will seemingly be watching. 

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Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s answerable for modifying, writing and creating tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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