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NIGHT SCHOOL
GARY VAN SICKLE
April 02, 2012
Showing the same work ethic that had him pounding balls into the wee hours at Clemson, long-hitting Kyle Stanley has the tools—and the resiliency—to be a shining star
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April 02, 2012

Night School

Showing the same work ethic that had him pounding balls into the wee hours at Clemson, long-hitting Kyle Stanley has the tools—and the resiliency—to be a shining star

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"No problem," Waldman says.

Larry Bobka is a tech expert at Titleist who makes sure the company's staff players are happy with their equipment. He has seen Stanley many times. Bobka has the eye of a savvy craftsman, and he closely watches a player's launch window—that is, the trajectory of the ball immediately after it leaves the club face. For most players, a pitching wedge will launch a ball higher than, say, a three-iron.

"But Kyle's shots all go through a tight window," Bobka says. "They don't change. I worked with a guy in 2000 who was pretty good, and he had that same tight window."

That player? Tiger Woods.

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