Brian Baumgartner: Preventing the Double Hit

He plays Kevin on “The Office,” but actor Brian Baumgartner needs some serious work when it comes to his chipping. Hank Haney helps him to stop double hitting so he can step up his short game.

Released on 12/8/2014

Credits

Starring: Hank Haney
Featuring: Brian Baumgartner

Shot at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Transcript

00:00
Hi, I'm Hank Haney.
00:01
Time for another Five Minute Fix.
00:07
My next student, Brian Baumgartner.
00:09
We're gonna work on his chipping.
00:11
I feel like this is kinda the best part of my game.
00:13
(Hank laughs)
00:13
No, it's not.
00:14
This is not the best part of your game.
00:18
There's a lot that's wrong with me, I'll be honest.
00:20
But in terms of my golf game,
00:22
I do have a problem with double-hitting.
00:24
Usually I'm just standing over it saying,
00:26
dear God, don't double hit.
00:28
which, obviously, is not a great swing thought to have.
00:37
Brian Baumgartner's issue is with his short game.
00:40
His chipping and his pitching are on the green,
00:42
so he's got to vary his angle of approach
00:44
for the shot that he's trying to play.
00:45
You're the only one that employs that technique,
00:48
you realize that.
00:49
So that makes me an innovator.
00:51
(Hank and Brian laugh)
00:52
Yeah it does.
00:52
(crickets chirping)
00:54
I don't think that's gonna work.
00:57
If I'm gonna play a low shot,
00:58
it's easy because the ball's back,
01:01
my hands and weight are forward,
01:02
and that automatically makes me hit down.
01:04
If I'm gonna play a high shot,
01:06
then I have to try to go more up and down.
01:08
That's genius.
01:09
That's not exactly genius, but it is--
01:11
Well, no. It is essential.
01:12
Okay.
01:14
Yep, excellent.
01:16
That's going in the hole.
01:20
That was tremendous, and I hit that beautifully.
01:23
You did.
01:24
You got any more questions?
01:25
Could you do it for me when we're out on the course?
01:28
You gotta do it.
01:29
Oh, I gotta do it.
01:31
When Brian sets up, he always plays one shot.
01:33
When you're playing the low shot,
01:35
you gotta get closer to the ball, get your hands higher.
01:38
When he's hitting the high shot,
01:39
he's gonna stand wider, and get farther from the ball.
01:42
That changes the angle of approach
01:43
and it changes the loft of the club.
01:45
If you like what you saw with Brian's chipping tip,
01:47
join us on the conversation below.
01:50
Below where?
01:52
On the screen.
01:53
Oh, okay.
01:54
(Hank laughs)
01:57
I feel like this is kinda the best part of my game.
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