I noticed the odd time that I saw Tiger Woods driving (with driver, not a 3 wood or iron) that I was either dreaming or he had dropped off drastically in ball speed, measuring in the low 170s mph, when he’d been topping 180 mph regularly last season.
When I went to check his average club and ball speed for this current season however, I was shocked by the degree of drop-off.
I wrote recently about how I was eager to test out the Launch Monitor app called the B-Fit ball fitter from Bridgestone Golf, and I have every expectation that I will like it, based on how it uses high-speed video algorithms to gauge the metrics just like the $20K pro machines do.
File this under “it was going to happen sooner or later,” although I’m a little surprised by how quickly it has occurred – in his first season as a pro and at age 23, Cameron Champhas WD’d from the Players Championship with a back injury.
I was following his progress yesterday during the second round to see if he could improve on his 78 from Thursday when I glanced at the Leaderboard shortly after posting my piece, to see a WD beside his name.
After a winter off and having had to even take swinging indoors off for a few weeks (rib injury unrelated to golf), I am stoked to get the new season underway.
Right now, having no nearby place to hit balls indoors (as the Metro Golf Dome was destroyed by a record snowfall and is out of commission for the foreseeable future), I am patiently awaiting the outdoor season to arrive.
He’s now got another win in the early ’19 season, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a Classic Golf Swing action (using the hips & legs to power the swing rather than lower back twisting with restricted hip turn).
One of the things I can’t stress enough is the bias and tilt in the MCS Golf Swing setup, because if you look at the greatest swingers, certain principles are universal.
In fact, I set up a few principles a few years back while developing what is now the final MCS model, when I identified several universal swing principles for effective swinging, whether you want to swing exactly MCS or not.
Actually, I don’t have a clue what is going on with Tiger Woods’ latest withdrawal from an event due to an injury, but this is different – I can’t remember the last time he withdrew from a scheduled event before hitting his 1st tee shot.
I love when something I see online sparks a “hmm” moment, making me go back to check what I’ve written about this thing or that – and I end up being validated.
I have talked extensively this past autumn and winter on the nature of “tight” when it comes to the pivot and top position before the transition, and I showed John Dalyas an example of how one can have a tight position even when way past parallel at the top with the club shaft.