Tiger needs my help.

I know, bold and even arrogant, but hear me out.

I have been saying his swing is way off for the better part of 5 years. Those who read my blog going back to last May know about all my rants.

He has been successful in spite of his swing. He overcame it with grit, mental toughness, premier focus and a work ethic second to none. All of those things are weak as a result of the distractions caused by his behavior. They are no longer there to compensate for his unsound swing. I know he finished 4th at The Masters, but that was smoke and mirrors. I know he scored decent yesterday, but did you see that chunked/skied tee shot on 7? That 70 was smoke and mirrors again. He is missing shots in places he doesn’t normally miss them, because he is missing in both directions and doesn’t know where to play for the miss hit.

He can’t hit his controlled fade, because he is diving and stuck underneath…a bad place to try and cut the ball from, it just ends up being a pull.

Someone get word to him that I can help. I have sent letters to his agent, but doubt they were ever put in front of him. As I said in the letters I wrote to him, I know what it is like to be generating 130 MPH of club speed and be stuck…no one he can work with knows what that feels like.

Bold and arrogant, yes, but I really do think I can help him out of his funk because I have been there and I am finding my way out. I am no Tiger Woods, but I well aware of the pit he is in and I am ready to ump back in there with him or any of you.

Moral objections to his behavior that any of us may have aside, he is fun to watch when he is on top of his game and what better way for me to get my approach in the mainstream than helping the World’s best player.

Good for me, good for him and hopefully good for the golfing public that has been exposed to this morass of technobabble.

My soapbox breaks yet again.

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17 Comments

  1. mship99

    Arrogant…maybe but there is a fine line between being arrogant and being confident and it just sounds to me like you are CONFIDENT that you can help him. I would LOVE to see TW give you a shot!

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  2. Bob34

    Awww man, I was hoping for a post about the new Arizona immigration law 😀

    Did you notice in the post match interview that Tiger says he still talks to Haney every day but then later on he said he’d worked out one of his swing issues on his own? Interesting…

    “I am ready to ump back in there with him or any of you.” Got any advice for me with my grudge matches vs gwlee this evening and tomorrow? 🙂

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    • gwlee7

      I can’t speak for Monte but, he would probably tell you that you need to bring your “A” game.

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      • Bob34

        Consider it brung! 🙂

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  3. dayo

    Tiger just needs to use his awesome rotational swing on with his woods as well. I see Butch Harmon in his future 🙂

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  4. Dean

    Monte,

    Are you playing Bayonet on Monday and do you think you are ready?

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    • Monte Scheinblum

      I almost went to the Bayonet, but decided to stay here in the South. I have been moving for a week and haven’t played a round of golf in 7 months, but I think I have a good chance. Hitting it well and putting it well. As I said last week, if I can just weasel my way through, I will have a month to prepare for stage two.

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  5. Philbert

    I think you are right about having to have been there to understand the problem. Haney didn;t have a 130mph swing speed but didn;t he suffer from the driver yips?

    I disagree with you about Tiger “being fun to watch”. Mickelson is fun to watch. One is just amazed at the shots Tiger can pull off but with his constant scowl, ignoring of the crowd, etc. he is just a robot.

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  6. Philbert

    I think you are right about having to have been there to understand the problem. Haney didn;t have a 130mph swing speed but didn’t he suffer from the driver yips?

    I disagree with you about Tiger “being fun to watch”. Mickelson is fun to watch. One is just amazed at the shots Tiger can pull off but with his constant scowl, ignoring of the crowd, etc. he is just a robot.

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  7. Colby

    I’m ecstatic if I shoot in the 80s, but even I can see what Tiger is doing wrong.
    He swings way too hard, and gets the same distance of an easy swinger like Freddy, Ernie, or DL3, but without the control.

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  8. s.

    Maybe he could just help himself? Maybe what he is going through now is blowback from letting gurus change his swing too much?

    Maybe Charles Barkley had it right about the swing after all: “In sports, you have to be reactionary. You can’t be thinking.”

    Maybe the thinking should all be in the pre-shot routine. The layout of the hole, the topography, the lie, the wind, the break, the grain, etc.

    It seems like every time I make a breakthrough, it involves forgetting what some guru taught, especially about planes & angles & and how the swing should look.

    I think I’ll see if I can embed a video. If it works, you’ll get T-bone’s swing in 20 years. If not, just gobbledygook.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s50K65PNeBU&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

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  9. Kirk

    So, Monte, what would you have him do? Let’s assume you had two hours with Tiger. Where would you start? What would you have him work on? (Those aren’t rhetorical questions, BTW. I’d like to know what you’d try to get him to change, since I think you COULD be helpful.)

    Seems he knows that he has to “release.” There’s probably plenty else wrong with the swing…

    I’ve always been pretty amazed at how “violent” Tiger’s swing tends to look. He really dips his head and goes after the ball and swings hard and fast, and when coupled with him straightening up after the shot, the whole swing looks violent. When it results in a huge, straight drive, it makes sense. When it results in a so-so shot, it makes me wonder why it is that his swing looks like it does while others can look so smooth, balanced, and in control.

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  10. Steve Bishop

    Tigers #1 problem (and I’ve been saying it for 4 years now) is his equipment. More specifically his driver.

    I remember a time when he had a steel shaft and could come of his shoes still hitting it with laser like precision. That’s because he KNEW his equipment. Since he went to Nike and a different driver, he’s never been the same.

    Secondly, he gets a little out of his tilt early and lets his right shoulder come up out of the swing. Thats fine if you’re hitting a fade and have quick hands, but even slightly late and it’s in the tree’s right.

    Thirdly, his short game isn’t as good as it used to be because (again) of his equipment. He had to make a recent change to new wedges. Give him some time and practice and his short game will be right back where it was.

    You know what’s funny though. No one EVER suspects equipment and for nearly every amateur out there, they could improve greatly if they were to just get the right set of clubs in their hands. Professionals aren’t any different.

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  11. Calvin D

    Let’s see. Have past world #1’s had terrible flaws that we all thought we could fix? Yep. Hogan’s swing was to fast and too flat. Jack had that awful flying elbow and awful short game. Arnie’s flail and wild driving. And so on.

    Heck I think I could “fix” Tiger’s swing and I can’t even get onto the grounds at Augusta National. 🙂

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  12. Dave Swigart

    I think Tiger could benefit from your way of thinking. If anyone needs to make his mind less cluttered, it is him. His religious beliefs should make that easy. He is trying to do too much too soon and now he has an injury ( WD/ Players ). Hank Haney and Butch Harmon got nothin’ on you. Maybe Eldridge needs a clean slate after 121 mistresses??

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