In spite of the haters

Looks like I might actually know what I am talking about when I say Tiger’s swing is not built to win majors.

I have said this 4 years in a row…and despite “suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…”

I am not trying to be counter culture, unique, blah, blah blah. I am giving my honest opinion. I don’t know what it’s like to win majors, but know what it’s like having a swing that doesn’t feel dynamic, but everyone tells me it’s perfect and it’s mental.

Tiger could win at Torrey Pines, Firestone and Bay Hill with Jim Furyk’s swing.




  1. CBWJr

    It is true you have been right…so far.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      I think 4 years, in spite of most of the media and fans saying different, deserves better than a, “so far.” 😀

  2. Jim

    I predict a departure from camp Foley if the majors. Continue to be an embarassment for Tiger.

  3. Scot Lykins

    I do no think it is the swing, it is the putting that lets him down under pressure, in majors.

    • BigBoy.

      …and when he cant get his iron distances dialed in, which is the norm at the moment, putting will suffer because he’s all over the green except pin high.

  4. wderaaf

    Just curious, if Tiger were to drop Foley and call you up on monday to hire you, how would you go about fixing his swing?

    • steve

      Yesterday, Breed did an analysis of one of his swings when he came up short of the green because he was under plane and had to try and save it. A consistent swing would be a good place to start.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Backswing not so wide by working on a better handset. More hip turn in backswing. Left hip needs to work higher in transition.

      I would see what those things did. Might have to mix in more left arm rotation early in downswing with more early secondary tilt.

      More room for arms and less shaft lean is the key.

  5. wderaaf

    Thanks, interesting. Noone seems to ever mention any flaws in his swing.

    I get the more room for arms part, but since shaft lean is pretty much the holy grail to mere mortals, why does tiger need less?

    Thanks for your insight, interesting stuff.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Because there is a such thing as too much shaft lean as a result of a steep angle of attack.

      Lag and shaft lean are results and not things to aspire to.

      • wderaaf

        Understood. So, would you take the job? 😉

  6. Robert Evans

    Monte, I like how you clear up all the cliches!

  7. Eagle006

    Agree with your comments on Tiger’s swing. Bit harsh on Furyk though. Yes, his backswing is unique but his swing is wonderful through the impact zone i.e. where it counts. The best players in history have shown that excellence can be achieved with a wide variety of backswings.

  8. Bo

    Can you do a video imitating Tiger’s current swing and then show what you would do to change it? The analysis is great but always better to see it on video.


  9. jaybee

    I like Furyk, but I can’t stand watching his putting antics- he should have gotten at least 3 penalty strokes for slow play on the greens in the last round.
    I wonder why Westwood started to work with Foley, sofar no good in rounds 4.
    There is a raving analysis of Tiger’s swing changes by Hugh Marr in the September Golf World (UK) issue which you might want to have a look at.


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