After wowing the golf world with her play up to the age of 16 Michelle Wie has amazed just about everyone with her mediocre play in the 8 following years. She is only 24 and still has her career in front of her, but those waiting for her to break out and become the star that she seemed easily destined for have been continually disappointed by her inability not only to win but even to contend. Certainly some of the blame has to be laid on her parents and advisors, especially the decision to have her compete against the men before beating the women regularly. Had she been left alone I have no doubt she would have dominated women’s golf, as her skills and power were far beyond what all but the greatest women players have ever showcased. Against the men it was another story, and I can imagine that her instructors were instructed to try to mold her game to compete on the PGA Tour, an idea that was quickly exposed as pure fantasy. She never experienced the joy of winning and beating her peers, and before she could recover from the ill -advised attempt to beat the men she fell victim to injury both physical and mental.
In this video we see both the power and grace of her swing, but also the technical issues that can plague a swing that creates such high clubhead speed. She was never a great putter, and when her swing flaws went unfixed she simply could not shoot the scores necessary to win on the LPGA Tour. No one would ever have guessed that she would have but two wins in the eight years since she turned pro, and her play this year indicates that she is no closer to regaining the form that once had her spoken of in the same breath as Tiger Woods.