Of course with Tiger playing next week, it is the big story. After all these months of practice, he should feel more comfortable with “the swing” he is using.
If it is the same “swing” I saw the last time he played, no amount of practice is going to make that hold up unless he somehow gets his miracle short game back.
Let’s just say for the sake of argument that my opinion on Tiger’s swing is wrong and he is really close and just needs to get in playing shape.
The supposed evidence for this is he is hitting the ball great and just has bad distance control…and is driving it straight on the range, just not on the course yet.
Well, that is the evidence to my point actually.
Tiger is a phenomenal talent and can manipulate the club at impact to hit all kinds of shots.
On the range, he can do it perfectly and square the club and hit irons that look great and drives that look straight. However, once he gets on the course, he has no consistency driving the ball in the fairway and his distance control if off.
Guess what the symptoms are of having a non repeatable swing that is forced to have hand manipulations at impact to square the club?????
Straight drives on the range and pure looking iron shots that turn into missed fairways and bad distance control with irons.
Guess how I know this? Because I have been suffering through this for years, so it is easy for me to recognize.
Let’s take my opinion out of this. Doesn’t it make perfect sense that a guy with Tiger’s talent could have a terrible swing that is out of whack, yet he can manipulate the club to hit a square, straight shot with an iron, but hand manipulations will result in clubs going all different distances?
Tiger not knowing this also leads me to the point that he doesn’t have the knowledge of the swing that the media and golf public assume. Why else would he go to different gurus and move on to completely different swings? It’s not the knee, because none of these swings protect the knee.
Don’t take my word for it. Look at his swing in 2000 and look at it now. Even the untrained eye will tell you what he has now is not a golf swing.
When Thursday rolls around, I honestly hope I see a much improved swing. I could care less about positions, or if his “in swing tilts are perfect,” as one self proclaimed expert said. As I said last week…is the club approaching impact in a repeatable manner? What I have seen of Tiger’s swing in 2010-2011…the answer is “no” so far.
I also just saw something that shows me there is some desperation going on. A video of him pulling his head off the ball ala Duval and Sorenstam. It looked like he laid the sod over the shot he hit.
That is not going to help his issues and I don’t know the course where the Fry’s will be, but there better be the ability to spray it and scramble, or Tiger is in big trouble.
It’s my blog and my opinion. I think Tiger and Foley are grasping at straws. Tiger is great and can score at any time from memory and may throw a low round or two on the board, but he will be up and down this week.
Tiger needs two things. More tilt in the setup and a far less vertical shoulder turn on the downswing. They go hand in hand.
The last I saw of him, his shoulder turn was almost perpendicular to the ground and didn’t level out to the spine until well after impact.
I saw several swings with early extension (goat humping) and that is the mark of a swing that is seriously out of sync.
I will tell you this right now. If I see these same issues, I don’t care if he shoots 22 under, you will all come here Monday and see me say that he still stinks.
If I see a swing with a leveled out shoulder turn, a club square to the spine coming into impact and an in sync golf swing, I don’t care if he shoots 150 and misses the cut, I will come here Monday and tell you he is on his way back and will contend in majors next year.
One tournament in the fall series is completely meaningless to him and his career moving forward. His swing being manageable is what he needs to move forward, so he can work on his short game. He is only playing in this event because it was part of the deal of him playing in the President’s Cup.
Oh, to those who say he shot 62 at his home course in a practice round with a 29…I shot 61 the other day on a course that was hard and I hate (Eagle Glen in Corona, CA)…and I am a chop. Those rounds are meaningless.
Until I see Tiger’s swing hold up on Sunday in a major, he is nowhere close to being back…unfair or not, that is the standard he set for himself and that he set with his play…and anything less means his swing stinks.