Swing Analysis: What’s Up with Tiger’s Driver?

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

In this vid we see Peter Kostis do a nice piece on Tiger’s tempo change from the range to the golf course with a synched up side by side. It shows clearly that on the course Tiger swings faster and lowers more. I’m thinking that would be the norm for most players, as the range is for “warming up” and a player is not necessarily going full bore on each swing like he is on the course. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be a good idea for Tiger to swing more like he does on the range, but in the two swings we see the same huge problem no matter what the tempo. Tiger’s clubhead is at least a foot behind his hands at shaft parallel in the downswing, and since he has been late with his release (hands more forward at impact) with the driver in recent years as compared to his wider release earlier in his career the combination is lethal. You can get away with in to out if your release is wide, and you can get away with a late release if you path is more out and left, but you can’t be in to out and late. If you are in to out and late you might get away with it if your legs clear at warp speed, but Tiger’s lower body doesn’t move quite like it used to. Tiger is going to block a few way right swinging this way, and if you hit enough blocks you’ll want to flip the face over, leading then to the quick hook and the two way miss. If Tiger would work his hands toward the ball instead of straight down he would then be encouraged to stay taller and clear faster, creating room for his right arm and keeping the clubhead more out in front of him. Both these swings demonstrate a classic “stuck” position, one I’m sure Chris Como is trying hard to fix.
 

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Chuck July 16, 2015

Great video! I’ve been looking forward to your analysis of a recent Tiger swing. I bet my father in law a dollar that Tiger would win a major this year. I hope the Tiger team can get this sorted out soon. Love your analysis.

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Sean July 17, 2015

Look at how closed his upper body is too. Check out Duval, Delaet or YE Yang at shaft parallel.

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Tony July 19, 2015

Mike Clayton said that Ian Baker Finch swing problems happened when he got “stuck on the inside”. Any thoughts?

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Ming July 22, 2015

hey wayne i thought Chris Como was big on getting the hands more out to in like pre 2009 tiger?

if that is the case why is tiger so far off from your proposed changes? i just don’t get how someone like tiger can’t figure this out in a simple range session? it would be a different story if he was a top 10 player and was hesitant to make the change? he is hitting it so bad that anything has got to be better than what he is doing atm. i honestly think if he just called Derek Jeter and just worked on throwing side arm all his driver woes would be gone in no time.

what are you thoughts?

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Tom July 30, 2015

Wayne,
Among the hundreds of hours of instruction over many years I have heard little or NONE concerning what I believe to be a critical priority—(UNIFORM AND/OR CONSTANT GRIP PRESSURE. If there is a change at impact, or for that matter any place else on the down swing I WOULD ARGUE THAT IT IS THE EQUIIVALENT OF A GRAB OR YIP that hits the ball INSTEAD of allowing gravity and the force of the legs and body to be in control———–thus eliminating or lessening leverage. I would love to hear your response to this issue. Thank you————-tom hurst

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