By now, I’ve probably said it a million times – how does Tiger Woods wonder why he’s always hitting the ball left when he has a “swing left” move and also takes the club back with a closed face?
Today however, while Tiger was yanking everything from Driver to wedge, I saw and heard an incredible (and not in a good way) analysis from Peter Kostis on a particular iron swing that left me speechless.
Apparently, TW is working on swinging through without getting a low right shoulder – he tries to keep it high and… then he wonders why everything goes left on him?
Closed Face Take-Away
Quick kinesiology lesson – if you are swinging with level or close to level shoulders, you are turning them like a revolving door, and the chances of catching the ball with a proper club path are minimal.
You’re either going to blow it right or yank it left, depending on how you miss the tiny window of square path and face… and yet Kostis was full of praise for this move, saying how it’s easier on his back and has given him a “great swing.”
A “great swing” on a day where he hit 3 fairways and 9 greens. But since TW put that particular ball off the tee on the green with a makeable birdie putt, he was swinging Grrrreat!
Watch the “highlight” clip below and try to count how many drives and approaches he hit left:
I don’t particularly enjoy being a Negative Norman, because looking at and complimenting great swings is much more fun, but I have to say, his newest swing is as ugly as anything I’ve seen from him in recent years.
All of the head-harpooning, foot-snapping, left-yanking and deep divots even with long irons – I think I’m safe in proclaiming TW one of the greatest ever golfers with the absolute worst swing of all the greats.
As for changing a swing to make it easier on his back – I guess it’s never occurred to anyone around him that continuing to swing with a planted leading heel and then trying to yank the club left through the swing bottom are as bad for the back as anything I could dream up.
But hey, I don’t know anything about swing mechanics if it’s being praised and loved by the “experts” on TV.
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