Let me start with this little nugget – Tiger thinks he’ll outlast Phil Mickelson in playing golf before they both retire.
It seems, and I’ve just returned home from being away all morning on personal business, that Tiger has revealed he’s not even swinging a club yet, but working out hard at the gym.
This doesn’t compute.
The great thing about keeping all of the video from my swing research, even when I said, “That’s not perfect,” and might have deleted some of it, is that I can go back and gauge how close I was to cracking the riddle of a mechanically perfected swing before going off in another direction.
It’s maddening, to look back and it’s as if I were hacking my way through a dense jungle in search of a mythical golden treasure, only to change directions multiple times every time I came close to stumbling across the glittering hoard.
I mentioned Fred Couples and his back-crunching swing last week while musing on the origins of the flat-footed golf swing.
I’m sure that whatever I had to say about Freddie’s swing four years ago in a previous blog would hold true today…
I was probably two years into my swing research and had been posting clips for a couple of months when I shot this swing.
You’ll notice if you look that I was swinging flat-footed, as this was the time I was looking at Moe Norman’s swing. I figured that the perfect golf swing combined the accuracy of Moe’s action with the power of a Jack Nicklaus or Sam Snead.
If you’ve wondered where Anthony Kim has been, he’s not even playing golf right now, according to his agent back in April of this year.
This is what can happen with a mechanically-flawed swing. It takes a great deal of talent to overcome it, and even then, injuries and inconsistent play (“I’ve lost my mojo”) are just around the corner.
There was a time when no one, and I mean no one of any world class level swung with flat feet on the back swing.
The first really impactful player I can think of who swung this way is Fred Couples.