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Tiger at the Hero Challenge 2017: Great Swing that Shows Age

I’ve always loved Tiger Woods’ swing. Of course, he has changed it over time, but he has always demonstrated that whatever he tries, if he is healthy, he can do better than anyone else. I have truly enjoyed watching Tiger play and swing the club for 20 years, and just about 100% of the time I have defended him and pointed out just how good his technique was, and still is. At the Hero he played very nicely, driving with 180 mph ball speed and finding his ball most of the time, and controlling his irons fairly well. He looked healthy, and his swing, as you will see, is as good as it has ever been, although he can’t quite finish it off like he used to. The great news is that if he doesn’t get hurt again he is going to be a factor in any tournament he chooses to play in, and since he not only is the guy that moves the needle, but he is the needle, that is a great thing for the game.
 

 

6 Responses to Tiger at the Hero Challenge 2017: Great Swing that Shows Age

  1. Jason December 9, 2017 at 12:39 am #

    Great stuff Wayne D

  2. Liam December 9, 2017 at 6:15 am #

    As a huge Tiger fan it’s fantastic to get your stamp of approval that he is swinging well. Can’t wait to see him win tournaments again hopefully!

  3. Cary December 9, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    The thing that surprised me the most was how on a lot of swings Tiger was going at the ball full bore. Tiger has just had his L5-S1 fused and I am worried how his back is going to hold up with him swinging so hard at it. I have has 2 lower Lumbar fusion surgeries, both when I was fairly young at 36 and 37 in 2001 and 2002, so maybe the medical profession have gotten a lo better but I could not go hard at the ball until maybe a year and half later.

  4. Nate December 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Wayne–Appreciate the excellent analysis of his move, as always. As a physician, I wonder if this new move is not the way things may be headed, similar to how the reverse-C position well after impact fell out of favor. Tiger is now still doing the magic move in transition and has terrific lower body/hip action when it counts. Is there much advantage to keeping the hips super deep well after impact? When I look at the finish of those two swings, the newer swing clearly keeps the spine in a more neutral and likely healthier position, as you mentioned. It seems that as these more athletic players are generating so much power and force during the swing, there will have to be some balance in trying to find a move that will hold up over a long career. Happy to see Tiger hitting it well and hopefully he will find that balance.

  5. Paul December 12, 2017 at 8:12 am #

    Shot on left looks very much like #2 at Congressional (blue).

  6. Mark December 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    Tiger just rocks. Hookers, drugs and more talent than you can shake a stick at. He gets my vote.

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