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Tiger Woods at the 2015 Quicken Loans: Making Progress

In this video I go over a couple of Tiger’s iron swings and a 3 wood swing from this past week’s Tour event in Virginia. It was Tiger’s best tournament in a while with 3 rounds in the 60’s, marred only by a 3 over 74 in the 3rd round. Tiger’s backswing is spot on here, with what I would consider better posture at address and a perfectly on plane takeaway. He has the shaft pointed beautifully at the top, and with the 3 wood his hands seem to work more toward the ball than they have been in the recent past (well, not so recent I guess since he’s been dropping them straight down or backwards since 2009), but the iron swings still have the hands dropping vertically, which if you watch this website you know I am no great fan of. I think if he would consciously try to move the hands toward the ball it would help him limit the amount of lowering in the downswing and help him stop his tendency to get the shaft stuck behind him. On a very good note it appears his lower body is clearing faster, maybe not like the good old days but better than the last 5 years or so. With his putter and short game coming around we may just see Tiger play well and get into the hunt in a big event soon.
 

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3 Responses to Tiger Woods at the 2015 Quicken Loans: Making Progress

  1. Clint August 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Thoughts and a question about the hands-out move in transition: all else being equal, it seems to me that the hands-out move pairs up nicely with allowing the upper body to open early in the downswing swing; this opening early of the upper body pairs up nicely with a left exit of the shaft after impact, which is also good; Hogan is a great example, as are many other great ball strikers that Wayne discusses on this site. But, does the hand-out move also come at the expense of at least a little bit of power? The reason it seems that way to me is because a more downward (or even behind-you) move with the hands, like DJ and Rory, would keep the upper body coiled longer into the downswing, which would really stretch those back muscles, and help to create a lot of speed. Obviously, there are many ways to skin a cat, and there are bombers that do all kinds of things in transition. But I’m just wondering if the hands-out move, in and of itself, causes a bit of a loss of the stretch reflex in the back, and thus at least a minor loss of distance.

  2. Charles August 9, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Wayne – are you going to be at the PGA championship? I live in Wisconsin and I am so excited to get there this year. I love to watch PGA players on the range so I’ll look for you. I won’t bug you because I know you’re out there working but it will be cool to see you out there. This will be the first time that I’ll be able to see Tiger in person too. Hopefully he continues his progress. I just finished reading the golfing machine and my head is spinning but I can’t wait to continue trying out some of these concepts The way you outlined them in your Pivot compression swing series of videos. Thank you, Chuck

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