I looked at Rickie Fowler’s golf swing a while back and declared that he was making some progress from the swing with which he had turned pro and then with which he encountered some back injury issues.
Down the line, which was 90% of the swing coverage, doesn’t show much of what I wanted to see… but of course, I also saw the one thing that raises caution flags when evaluating any Modern Golf Swing.
I’m trying to watch today’s event and I guess everyone on television is forgetting that, in the year that Tiger Woods injured his back (2013), he won five tournaments with the swing that injured his back.
So, I really don’t get what I’m hearing on television, perhaps someone can help me out. Because the question has never been, “Can Tiger Woods play golf?”
Perhaps I’m dating myself, but that’s what I was watching today when I tuned into the Hero World Challenge to see how Tiger Woods’ swing looked.
You could say a couple of things here, like “Better Late Than Never,” or “Welcome To The Party Called Reality,” or perhaps, “File This Under Biggest Non-Surprise Of The Golf Half-Millenium,” but Tiger Woods has finally admitted that the way he swung for years was what “trashed” his knee.
Thanks to everyone who emailed on Tiger Woods’ Instagram post of his driver swing – nothing like the sound of cicadas in the background to bring back childhood memories of hot and hazy summer dog-days!
So, since you asked for my thoughts…
As far as the swing itself goes, I don’t have much to say about it other than I hope he was swinging to produce a big left-to-right fade, because that takeaway was way outside and that ball seemed to be left going left (unless, as I said, it was a big cut he was hitting).
You are always hearing Modern Golf Swing advocates compare the golf swing to various types of throwing, and the PGA Tour showed on their Instagram how the Modern swing principles are bogus, with (of course) a clip of someone showing great form throwing.
Grayson Murray must have had a bad hole on Friday (I wasn’t following this week’s Tour event on television), because what he did after holing out wasn’t exactly a celebration.
The “curse of the rubber band” is the legacy of the Modern Golf Swing theory that you can somehow create elastic power by separating the torso from the hips instead of swinging with the entire body.
I want to show you the dramatic difference between what a properly leveraged golf swing looks like versus one that relies on muscular explosion to generate impact velocity, as if we are made of rubber (which we certainly are not).
Everyone has by now seen, I’m sure, the Instagram swing Tiger Woods posted on social media yesterday, and as most people have noticed, not much has changed for the better.
Albert Einstein has been quoted (and I say “has been” because it’s not really clear who first said this) as saying that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…”
Now we have Jon Rahm (although he likely didn’t write the piece with his name on it) calling Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and Tiger Woods (among others) nothing short of “weekend players.”
Not directly, but then again, that’s what happens when you either let others do your writing for you, or when you don’t really know what you’re talking about – take your pick.