|Dull thriving with help of swing change (10-10-13)|
|Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Thursday, 10 October 2013 09:31|
KANSAS - In some instances, it can take months to adjust to an altered golf swing.
Not for Lakota junior Makayla Dull.
Dull, after making some major adjustments to her swing in the offseason, is heading to the Division II girls state golf tournament for the third consecutive year.
The tournament is Friday and Saturday at the Ohio State University Gray Course.
"I have worked with other players, and what takes them two or three months to accomplish is what she accomplishes in a week," Lakota boys golf coach Chad Garberich said of Dull.
"We've talked all summer long, and all season long that the expectation this year is to win the state tournament," Garberich added.
Dull, who plays with the boys team until the sectional tournament, tied for 10th as a freshman at state, shooting 165, and tied for fifth as a sophomore, shooting 156.
"I'll still be very nervous because it is state," Dull said. "But looking at the field, I feel I can do very well and possibly win it."
Clearly, the new swing has not hindered Dull's performance this season.
On the heels of a swing that adds more distance and allows her to place the ball where she pleases, Dull's 72 in the district last week won the tournament by three strokes. And according to Garberich, she double-bogeyed the 17th hole and failed to make a putt outside of five feet.
She enters the state tournament with the second lowest score of any participant coming out of districts after shooting her 72 at Sycamore Springs. The only better score entering the final weekend of high school golf was a 69 from Sarah Kolodzik, who took second at state last year, shooting 151.
In last year's tournament, Dull, who took home first team All-Ohio honors, was the only sophomore to place in the top 15.
"With my old swing I would come over the top," Dull said. "... (Garberich) has changed my swing so that I can create shots. If I want to fade the ball, I can do that. If I want to draw it, I can. That will help a lot with a lot of certain holes down (at state)."
Also, with the added distance of her drives this year, Dull is hitting more wedge shots on her approaches instead of mid- or long-irons.
"That makes a huge difference when trying to attack pins and put the ball in the right locations," Garberich said.
The added distance is also in part to Dull's left knee being fully recovered from tears of the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial and lateral meniscus. She suffered the knee injury in her freshman year of basketball.
"This year, being at full strength I can see it," Dull said of her ability to drive the ball farther.
But in order to obtain her goal of a state title, Dull and Garberich agree that she will need to putt well this weekend.
"He has stressed to work on my short game a lot," Dull said of Garberich. "My swing has been fine and everything is tuned up, but the thing I really need to practice in the next few days is my short game because that's where I'm going to score at."
"The expectation is to go down and win the state tournament. But she has to go down and putt well," Garberich said.
"If she gets a good roll where she starts making some putts, she could go really low and shoot 68 or 69 both days. If not, she could shoot 78 or 79 both days."
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