I stumbled across this piece on GolfDigest’s website and actually found the same video on their Youtube page – you have to watch this.
It is essentially a 6 minute advertisement for the TaylorMade M3 driver (you’ll see that at the end if you watch the entire clip), although I don’t know how anyone can sell a driver based on Tiger Woods‘ driving performance since his return.
You’ll get the requisite repetition of the largely de-bunked claim that Tiger swings at 129 mph club speed, of course, but the best line of the whole video comes at 0:50 of the clip where a sports medicine physician says of Tiger:
“Someone like Tiger… when he hits a golf ball, he uses the ground… he presses down on the ground and the ground then generates forces upward…”
Which is incredible, because I don’t know what I’ve been doing all these years when I swing a golf club.
Not to mention, I’m sure astrophysicists the world over would love to hear a lecture from this physician on how exactly the ground generates forces upward for swingers like Tiger Woods as compared to the rest of us.
This “doctor,” and I use the term loosely, because he’s the last person on this earth I would visit for any sort of assistance having to do with sports motion, then launches into an extended “analysis” of the transfer of forces from the ground to the club head… but the question I have is… how does everyone else do it, if this is so unique?
And I’ll repeat – Tiger Woods is not the person you should be trying to emulate when it comes to driving a golf ball. In fact, he almost never was, even at his peak.
Furthermore (and this is embarrassing), you can learn from an article on GolfDigest’s same site in a different posting (on computer models predicting the Masters champion this week and no, it isn’t TW by any stretch) that:
Tiger’s game is far from flawless. Even with Augusta National’s open confines, his driving performance (he ranks 153rd in strokes gained: off-the-tee) could be a major detriment, evidenced in his failed opportunities thus far on par 5s (101st in par-5 scoring).
So, aside from the fact that they’re trying to sell you a TaylorMade M3 driver at the end of the piece, you should take away from it that “The Miracle of Tiger Woods’ Swing” puts him 153rd in strokes gained off the tee and he’s as liable to drive it out of bounds as he is to stripe it down the middle.
Then Jim McLean comes in (I guess the “experts” here are the “doctor” and Mr. M) to claim that Tiger Woods has a spine tilted away from the target…
Um… Don’t Think So…
I don’t see any “tilt” at all – that looks like a vertical spine to me, and he’s leaning pretty hard into that left side, don’t you think?
But then again, I said years ago that you aren’t going to get accurate swing analysis from Jim McLean, which I said when I looked at what he was saying about Ben Hogan’s swing versus what Hogan actually did…
To be fair, McLean makes a valid point about driving with the impact on the upswing (positive attack angle) makes for better driving.
But that’s the only thing I got from 6 minutes.
I don’t know, perhaps I’m missing something.
But to hear a “physician” praising the same twisting spine action in Tiger Woods’ swing today that destroyed his back is… alarming.
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