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Spartans Golf
Weiland changing things up


Kensi Wieland
Despite winning the Division II-A state golf championship last fall, sophomore Kensi Wieland decided to change her swing a few weeks ago.

Based on advice from her swing coach, Brad Rose of Willow Creek Golf Club, Wieland said she changed her grip, with her right hand “a lot more on top … which was really important.”

Wieland, 16, said her swing, formerly “coming over the top,” is now more “coming inside and pushing it out.”

“My ball flight was going to the right, and I’m trying to start it right to left now. Starting it right, getting a really high trajectory and having a draw on the ball,” Wieland added. “It’s just going to help me hit it further … and hit more consistent shots.”

Before, “It was slicing pretty bad on a lot of my irons and especially my drivers,” Wieland said. “With the hard work that I am putting in, I was getting limited results. I was still playing well, but I knew I could get lower scores if I made some adjustments. So I decided to take the risk because I thought it would pay off in the long run.”


“My balls are so solid now, I can see the ball flight

and how it should be. Hopefully it will come through in

competition.”

If things are off with her swing now, “I can just really adjust things. Like whenever it doesn’t start right, I know exactly what I did wrong,” Wieland said. “It’s a lot easier to fix, whereas a couple of months ago I was kinda lost in the dark.

“I’m trying to break old habits.”

Her driver now is a TaylorMade Superfast Burner. “I think this one gives me a lot more power,” she said. “Like with my new swing, I hit it so solidly. I feel like I can draw it a lot better with this driver.”

Wieland’s irons and wedges are Callaway X-22s, while fairway woods are Callaway Big Bertha Fusions. Her putter is TaylorMade Rossa. Wieland’s ball of choice is Titleist.

Among her top 18-and-under finishes among national fields, Wieland finished third among a 42-girl field in the Hudson Invitational, Cleveland, Ohio, for 54 holes in June.

Among her favorite Knox-area courses, “I really like Fox Den,” Wieland said. “And I like Gettysvue and Tennessee National, too.”

“I think they’re really challenging courses, they’re pretty hilly and the greens are tricky, so I really enjoy that,” she added.

Webb’s home course is Willow Creek Golf Club.

Joining Wieland is sophomore Ann Legg-Margiotta, who earned a state tournament trip as a freshman in 2010.

 

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