Here is your proof that Tiger is no where near back.
By sheer will and talent he is able to contend. When Tiger is at the top or near the top of his game, he doesn’t shoot the highest score among the top 20 players in the field when he is only one shot back.
In 2009 I ranted and raved that his swing was terrible and he was spending so much time on it, he was neglecting his short game. I got criticism for that and then he said it publicly that it was the case. He did something awful and “un-Tigerlike” in all 4 majors. Bogeying the last 2 at Augusta, tanking at the US Open, Missing the cut at The British and losing his only final round lead ever at the PGA.
For Tiger, that is terrible and so is shooting 75 when he is one shot out of the lead with one round to play. I will continue to rant about this until he abandons the dogmatic swing approach of copying the swing of his new guru’s best student.
Haney made Tiger swing exactly like O’Meara and now Foley is making him swing just like Charlie Wi.
You saw the article that someone linked that showed that even in a frame by frame, the swings under Haney (Tiger and O’Meara) were almost identical. Think I am wrong about him starting to swing like Wi? Do a youtube search of Charlie Wi’s swing and compare it to Tiger’s.
Why do gurus keep trying to make Tiger swing like their best other student? Awful, unimaginative and short sighted.
I have made a big deal of Tiger’s head dive and many have said that isn’t the problem as other greats have done this.
Let me attack this from a different angle. If you think a head dive isn’t bad…and is even a good thing in order to gain power and hit down and through the ball, let me ask you this.
Is there a point were the head will drop too much and it is not possible to recover? Of course the answer is yes. I called it a tipping point. Tiger rarely if ever reaches this tipping point with an iron. He seldom does it with a 3 wood. He does it often with driver and nearly every time he tries to hit the driver hard. He is so good, he overcomes this flaw and hits good shots sometimes.
The other greats like Nelson who did this, never dove and pulled their head and spine off the ball just before impact to recover the room that was lost after the head dropped. Tiger does this and there is no debate.
Now to the point. Tiger could build a swing where he came dead inside, came way over the top and hit a big pull slice. He would still win golf tournaments because he works hard, plays every shot as hard as he can and is uncanny around and on the greens when he needs to be. He was not successful because of Haney, he was successful in spite of him.
I don’t understand why he went to Sean Foley. IMO, he teaches a swing that is prone to being a little stuck and getting stuck is Tiger’s main issue.
Whatever success he has with Foley, will again be in spite of swinging like Charlie Wi. I am not ragging Charlie Wi, he is a great player and ball striker. I am saying that is Charlie’s swing and Tiger needs to find his own swing. His 17 year old swing, his 1997 swing or his 2000 swing…it doesn’t matter which.
He is in a danger zone right now and has been there for a while. He is where I was (relatively speaking) from 1997-2003. Experimenting with his move. Trying to perfect it and using other peoples’ methods. Confidence in my ability kept it going, but it just didn’t look good. All of the sudden, it all disappeared and sometimes breaking 80 was a problem. I am obviously not saying Tiger won’t be able to break 80, but relatively speaking, struggling to make cuts consistently and not contending at all is the analogous issue if he doesn’t get it straightened out.
Tiger needs someone to help him work on not allowing his head level to drop too much and work on his release and get back to his natural athletic move…that’s it.
As dumb as it sounds, someone who reads this blog and subscribes to my ideas about release could do it. The fix is that simple and Tiger is that good.