By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. – Some PGA TOUR players have an entourage that would make Jeremy Pivens envious.
Short game gurus, swing coaches and sports psychologists, to name a few. And that doesn't even count the requisite agents, publicists and trainers.
But Y.E. Yang has taken control of his own game this year and is no longer is working with a swing coach. The 2009 PGA champ must be doing something right -- and Friday's opening 66 at the Deutsche Bank Championship was just another indication.
"I'm finally tweaking the right things, I think," the Korean said through an interpreter. "It's been a year and a season of adjustments, and today, this morning, I experimented by not swinging my right arm too far back in my backswing, actually keeping my armpit closed a lot more than usual, and I think that helped my control overall in my driver and my second shots.
"So I think those little experiments are paying off, and self-teaching has its benefits, as well."
That confidence couldn't come at a better time, too. Yang picked up his fifth top-10 of the season at The Barclays last week when he closed with a 63, tied for sixth and moved to 26th in the FedExCup standings.
After Friday's first round, Yang was projected ninth in the rankings.
"I'll definitely check it," he said. "I think every player checks it. But I think it's good that the ascension is coming right now, not earlier in the season, because the Playoffs are definitely important. Everybody is eyeing that big prize at the end.
"And last week felt gradually good, and then the final round last week I played fairly well. I'm trying to keep that momentum going. If it is a peak, then I hope this peak lasts for a long time."