On the one hand, we have Bryce Molder. Someone with an over the top swing according to Peter Kostis.
(It’s not technically over the top the way a terrible golfer is, but his downswing is above the backswing.)
It is “his” golf swing and he just won for the first time on Tour. He is far less talented than Tiger (or even me for that matter), he was patient, worked hard and kept his own swing without listening to dorks like Peter Kostis and everyone on Golfwrx who would tell him his swing was terrible because it was over the top, not in the slot and with no lag. Yes, I know he worked with PK.
Boy do I wish I was as smart as Bryce Molder…and kept my swing.
Then you have Tiger Woods. Someone who had his own swing, that was fine tuned by Butch Harmon, and dominated the Tour and the majors like they have never been dominated before.
Now he is using the swing of someone else and people are talking about how improved he is when he barley makes the cut and finishes 10 shots back in a fall season event that no one is playing in.
“It looks better”
“He needs more tournament time”
“His best golf is in front of him”
“He is more CP now than CF now and he needs time to get used to it”
(I don’t know what the heck that means. Sounds like there is something wrong with his colon after a high colonic of South American coffee)
Remember the other day when I said you need a minimum level of swing competence to play your best golf so you can focus on scoring????
Here is another quote, but this one is from me.
“His swing stinks and he is spending so much time trying to make it not stink, he is neglecting his short game and it stinks too.”
For those of you without relative meters, “stinks” is a relative term comparing Tiger 2000 and Tiger with the “Lean and Snatch” move. Heck, Tiger under Haney (and you know how much I liked that) would beat the lean and snatch like a red headed step child.
It is not a good swing for Tiger. Foley does well with Mahan and Rose, he has done poorly with Tiger.
Someone else made a great point in a thread about Tiger. He said it would be like Magic Johnson starting to shoot free throws like Larry Bird, because Bird’s stroke was more fundamentally sound…when Magic was in his prime and leading the league in free throws.
I kind of disagree with that. Tiger’s swing in 2000 was pretty fundamentally sound. It had some small issues if you are comparing it to the “arbitrary correct swing,” but did anything hold up under pressure better? What’s more fundamentally sound than that? A swing that holds up under major championship pressure.
Not this lean and snatch he is doing now, that’s for sure.
I find it ironic that in a week that Tiger barely made the cut using the new age “perfect swing,” someone with a “weekend golfer’s over the top move” was the guy who won.
For those of you that say that Tiger’s resume far exceeds both Bryce Molder’s and mine…you have made my point for me.
I disagree with those who say there is no hope for Tiger. I think there still is unless he stays with the lean and snatch…then there is no hope he will catch Nicklaus.
PS-I am not making fun of stack and tilt. I find Andy and Mike quite intelligent. They did what I am doing now. They figured out the information out there was crap and decided to figure out on their own what made more sense.
What Tiger is doing is not stack and tilt. It is lean and snatch. Lean on the left side during the takeaway and snatch the club to the ball with your arms.
Don’t like that?
OK, how’s this?
Too many spine angle changes in more directions than you can count and too much forced forward shaft lean with the hands.
Lean and Snatch. Make sense now?