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).
I could swear we’ve been here before 3 or 4 times, but O.K., let’s do it again…
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…”
There has been some buzz of late that while Tiger Woods continues to rehab from his fourth and most serious back surgery (this one involving fusing vertebrae together in the lower region), he is currently without a swing model.
I might be so bold as to point out the problem that exists with Tiger trying to continue his golf career – and I pointed it out in a Twitter chat yesterday on this issue.
You may have heard some things regarding the tendency of Modern Golf Swingersto do what I call “losing one’s level,” which is also called the “harpoon” by some and which is actually praised in modern analysis.
Even worse, you will hear some analysts calling this losing of one’s level on the down swing (where the head precipitously drops) as “getting ready to jump” at the impact stage, which is absurd – if you lose your level on the down swing and don’t react to it before impact, you’ll hit the ground about a foot behind the ball.
The Modern Golf Swing industry (and Golf Digest’s Alex Meyers) are whom I’m referencing here, of course – they always pay lip service to the greats of the Classic Golf Swing era while completely ignoring what made them greats to begin with.
Before I get to the Golf Digest laugher, what made them great? The way they swung, either in the game or how they taught it, and Harvey Penick is one, in his first “Little Red Book“ on the swing.
Otherwise known as, “The Back-Breaker,” this way of swinging will do exactly that if you’re swinging hard enough.
I have in the past swung from a left-biased address position, but I didn’t do it for long – just long enough to test it out and see what the deal was, and I rejected this way of swinging as a proper method years ago… like, back in 2008.
I read something Tiger Woods had said before his return to playing tournament golf.
Even now, I realized, he still didn’t get it (although he is swinging with more hip action, but it’s still not what you’d call “free”), and he and most PGA Tour players are still trying to swing using their core and back, which is the death move of modern golf swing theory.