“The Foley experiment should be over.”
I will confess I didn’t watch one hole or highlight. I only need two pieces of evidence to know this isn’t working…aside from the fact I know what they are trying to accomplish and that will not work for Tiger long term or under pressure very often.
Tiger does not fire 75 on Saturday when he has the lead. Tiger does not bogey par 5’s on the back 9 when he is making a Sunday charge.
End of story. I don’t care how it looks, how pure he hits it on the range or how many Foley followers call me a bitter a-hole. I don’t care about the eagle on the back 9, or that the field backed up and he almost won (there were many good players, but it was not the strongest field)…If Tiger did the two things I mentioned, the swing does not work for him.
Tiger needs to forget gurus. He needs to not hit a shot from more than 50 yards for one month (at least 2 weeks). Then he needs to go to the range and take his 50 yard swing that worked on the chipping green and hit the ball 50-100 yards for a week.
The next week he needs to take the 100 yard swing and hit balls from 100 to 200 for an entire week. Doing his 9 shot drill all day long.
Then he needs to spend an entire week working on the stinger with 2-iron and 3-wood.
Then he needs to play golf every day for 2 weeks without hitting driver.
Then he can go to the range and hit driver.
Had I to do my swing crack purge over again, I would have done exactly this.
He spends 2 months doing what I described with no swing thoughts and no one there but a pair of eyes to judge alignment and posture…he starts dominating again.
He almost won the Australian Open. No offense to that great country’s national open, I wish I was good enough to finish 3rd…but on Tiger’s resume it qualifies as a BFD.
People say it’s getting better? This is almost the same scoring pattern he has had before. In contention, blowup Saturday, charge Sunday, but makes too many errors and comes up just short. He should shoot 20 under and win this event by 7…and he would with a swing that fit him.
This swing he is using is fine for someone that generates 105 mph and so was the Haney swing. Neither of those swings work very well at 120 mph.
Tiger is Tiger. He is one of the most skilled players of all time and he works his butt off. I would be willing to bet if he embarked on copying Jim Furyk’s swing tomorrow, he would come back next year and almost win the Australian Open.
If he wants to break Jack’s record, he needs to stop using this made up, contrived, hybrid, POS swing and get back to what he does best. Getting the ball in the hole.
This is not Tiger’s swing. He may win with it, he may even almost win a major with it, but it is not the swing that fits him. He is just good enough to play well with a swing that doesn’t work for him.
I’ll put it this way. Ben Crenshaw was an all time great putter. He had an open stance with his feet together and used a hosel shafted putter that would balanced toe down. He kind of pulled it inside and hit out on it with face rotation.
If he spent a year with Dave Pelz learning “square to square” with a face balanced putter, and a wider, square stance, he probably would still be a great putter…but it wouldn’t be his stroke, it would be Dave Pelz’s stroke and it would be contrived and not as effective.
That is how I see Tiger’s swing under Foley.