I am not psychic, and I’ve been wrong more than I’ve been correct in my life, but when it comes to the golf swing, I did call Tiger Woods’ swing technique with Sean Foley a “back-breaker,” and I was correct on that, at least.
Something else I’ve been saying about TW’s swing since his return is that A) it is still not a mechanically-sound pivot and he is playing with fire after the fusion surgery and B) His whole “swinging left” thing is going to keep him from ever driving the ball well for extended periods.
It just goes against the laws of physics to be swinging on plane, which means your club is coming down from the top behind you (vs coming over the top) and from the right, and you’re trying to make the club go hard left through impact.
So, with that type of swinging motion, you will always be risking a big pull or even pull-hook to the left, or you’ll come out of it at the last instant coming down (due to that fear) and blow it right.
And what are TW’s misses with the driver?
Big left pulls and pull-hooks and big blowouts to the right, and really, everything in between.
Part of that is having a vertical spine in your stance, and I don’t know why he’s leaning so far left to hit driver – that looks like his old Sean Foley stance, and that isn’t good for the back, if you’re going to try to hit the ball with a positive AoA, let me tell you.
I’ve said that before… but right now I’m dealing with the “swinging left” syndrome.
This isn’t rocket science – any time you have the club path going left at impact, you’re risking losing the ball left – so the fact that TW’s “Big Miss” that drove him crazy (re: Hank Haney’s book) was a miss left… why is he “swinging left” and then being surprised that most of his misses are LEFT?!?
He may have left Sean Foley, but looking at his current setup and his continuing to swing left, it seems Sean Foley is still living in his head:
Just a thought when you watch him play this week.
The only shot you can pull off consistently with a club path going left through impact is a fade, and as I can tell you, having been a steep-planed swinger for years before I got rid of it – you can fade it, or you can yank it left, or you can slice it off the planet, because all of it depends on what your club face is doing at impact.
And when there’s big trouble left, you have no good options. You can risk a fade, starting the ball left and double-crossing yourself if the face closes, or you can try to draw the ball, in which case you risk double-crossing yourself with a closed face and a left club path, or you can just say “to hell with it” and blow it right.
Any of this sound familiar?
I’m no genius, but I can figure out that swinging left intentionally when you’re prone to missing it left…doesn’t compute.
You know who likely started the whole “swinging left” thing?
How about Ben Hogan, who had what I call a “perfect pivot” with his hip & leg action, but who had as one of his anti-hooking compensations, a “swing left” motion through the ball?
The problem for anyone else doing this is that Hogan
- weakened his grip,
- tweaked his clubs to be open-face two degrees,
- hit a stock fade with this move and
- hit balls all day, every day, to keep this move working the way it did.
He also did it to avoid the screaming hook that kept him from staying on Tour the first years of his career.
So, unless you’re going to weaken your grip, tweak your club faces, hit a stock fade and hit balls all day, every day, to keep this move from breaking down, it’s not going to work for you.
There was only one Ben Hogan.
I’ll therefore keep talking about the “swinging left” move of TW’s as long as he’s doing it and missing big both ways, and that’s just with the driver.
There will be days he keeps it all together and hits a lot of fairways, but with the modern driver and ball that he uses, no one should be losing the ball as far off line as he does off the tee.
Take a look at that big harpoon dive with the head as he starts down as well.
I’m not saying he’ll never win an event again, because TW is the best scrambler in the history of the game, and he never stops grinding… but he’s making it so much harder than it has to be.
Feel free to use this posting as an Open Thread for Masters Friday, friends! I’ll be watching golf today since we’re expecting snow…
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