Jim Weiss, the local pro who submitted this week's teaching tip for Newsday's LI Golfbeat, has had an interesting journey, all in one spot.

           He grew up as a member of Cold Spring Country Club and not only played there but caddied there. He was the club champion, then an assistant pro, and head pro and now is director of golf at the club.

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           Weiss gives a very useful tip about those half- or three-quarter wedge shots, which are as tough as anything for the likes of us.