You look at the field of the Tournament of Champions and you can see there is a HUGE changing of the guard.
If you took your 2009 (or even 2010) self and looked at this leaderboard, you would want to know who the heck these guys were, assumed it was a mistake by PGATour.com and they accidentally put the leaderboard from The Nationwide Panama Classic into the website and what had Steve Stricker done to lose his card.
Run on sentences aside, there is a lot of new blood at the top of the PGA Tour.
After watching Sean Foley implement the changes I suggested and he stole from me (tee he he), I believe Tiger is going to have a good year. Whether he is able to compete and win majors is another story, as that is a mental and confidence issue he must recover from after some horrendous play.
I believe we will see even more fresh faces on Tour this year. I believe many of the big name guys have made the same mistake I made. They learned to play the game…with a few swing ideas thrown in, and once they joined the perfect swing movement, their swings and games got worse.
On to this last week’s golf.
Steve Stricker is a perfect example of a guy who didn’t buy into all this “swingcrack” and just kept it simple and did what worked.
Notice a guy with “no lag” and a simple short swing with “no power” is not only winning at 45, he is getting better and not worse.
Johnny “The Dolt” Miller looked at his swing out of a nasty lie in the rough that he hit near the hole…”He has very little lag.”
You could tell in the context he said it that it was negative…and I resorted to name calling because it is this kind of comment that makes the golfing public lag crazy.
Miller’s context…”Well I know he is winning the Tournament of Champions at 44 and just dug a ball out of the rough under pressure, but his swing sucks because he has no lag.”
If there was ever an example of someone who released it from the top yet didn’t cast, this is the guy.
He also putts with the heel of his putter off the ground, which Johnny Miller said, “No one does”…again, in a negative context.
To Miller’s credit, he did make a comment that it might be a swing that would be copied because there is so little timing needed for it to work, but had to slip in that it was not a powerful swing.
He does what works, not what’s pretty or what anyone else thinks is the right way.
PLEASE TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM THAT.
One more thing…and this is the hard part of golf. To distinguish between something funky that works for you and something funky that you just think works for you.
The position or the aesthetics is not what is important. The ability to reproduce it and the ability to deliver the club to the ball is the litmus test…and sometimes, you need a trained eye to know the difference. A trained eye that is informed and not bias to one way of doing things.
That is why golf is so hard. People like me are hard to find. They are out there though.
Anyway, I would love to see Stricker win a major this year and the importance of lag and power will be less of a priority and simplicity of movement for each individual becomes the focus…which in turn, will ironically produce lag and power.
I guess that is a pipe dream with all of the marketing that “swingcrack” has going for it.
I am trying to run my own international methadone clinic.