The “needs more time” argument is played out. That’s all we heard during 4 years of Foley and now after a DFL in his own event and needing to go 3 under the last 1/3 into the clubhouse to avoid being in the bottom four in the whole event…Tiger’s game is in trouble.
He is on the verge of full blown chip yips. I know, I’ve been there and he is in the final stages of an imminent disaster.
I liked Tiger’s teenage swing, I liked his Butch swing more. I was not a big fan of the Haney swing, but it was better than the latest incarnations. It had some issues I thought would be difficult to deal with as he got older.
When Tiger played in his first event under Foley I said the swing did not suit him, he would not win a major and would likely end in a back injury. Me saying this is not in dispute, so you have to at least give me credit for a good guess.
So far I don’t like the Como swing, as it is affecting his short game. It is often too upper body dominant in the backswing and his left knee cannot produce the action that used to accommodated his vertical downswing shoulder turn.
I see him by the end of the year possibly developing a left chicken wing if he doesn’t make a few changes.
He is so used to leaning his hands too far forward, it steepened his AoA and leading with the leading edge on his pitches. Now he doesn’t have his spine so far forward, but still has the feel of wanting to lean the hands too much. This has his swing bottom all messed up.
On a full shot you can kind of accelerate through that and use skill. On a soft pitch, it’s yippy.
Tiger needs someone who has played the game at some level and has been in this hole, not someone who is an expert in ground forces. Someone with practical experience, versus clinical. It’s like having a medical researcher do surgery. I have been in this hole and know the way out, I’d be ideal, but since I’m not a flashy name, let’s talk realistic solutions. He needs a narrower backswing with more wrist set and a wider downswing with the wrists unsetting sooner. Get that AoA shallower and expose that bounce. The first step is getting that ball position forward, way forward. You can’t be anything but steep with that back position he has. This will also force his right shoulder to work out more and not down so much. That is the key to his full swing at this point. It’s the only way he can get his hand path more left without manipulating it there.
If we hear Tiger is going to see Pelz, we can put a fork in him. Since Pelz is tied to Mickelson, it’s not likely. Utley or Siekmann might be able to help him and then have him work that move into his full swing.
That is my solution. Get someone who knows what they are doing to straighten out his AoA and release on pitching and work that motion up the bag.
…and BTW, it’s the physical manifesting the mental, not the other way around.