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Tiger Woods in the Fairway Bunker: No, Peter, He Doesn’t “Maintain his Height”

When CBS slowed down Tiger’s beautiful pitching wedge shot from the fairway bunker on the first hole of the final round of the PGA Championship, I had an immediate feeling that I knew what the commentary would be. Of course, as everyone knows, you can’t hit a fairway bunker shot if you “dip”, another synonym for lowering during the swing, because you will always hit behind it. I’ve seen this movie before, watching Butch Harmon explain how Jay Haas was “staying tall” and “keeping his levels” while hitting an iron out of a fairway bunker, when right in front of him the guy he was talking about was lowering going back and in transition like he does on every shot. I knew Tiger has never hit a full shot he didn’t lower on, so it was no surprise when a) Peter Kostis states that the reason Tiger made such ball first contact was that he “was not losing his heighth (sic) (the word is “height”) with his head”, and that he was “keeping his level really, really well”. This is a perfect example of a logical conclusion that is not backed up by the evidence presented by the video of the shot. So, I blow up the swing, put a line on top of Tiger’s head (the camera angle isn’t perfect, but the camera is fixed which makes the exercise valid), and watch Tiger lower in the backswing and then lower more on the downswing, exactly how he hits every shot. I cringe when I think of the players who will go out and try to stay extra tall on their fairway bunker shots, not realizing that when they hit the ball fat out of the sand it’s because of poor sequence or clubhead throwaway, the same reasons they never get good contact from the fairway either. After all these years I thought these guys (Nick and Pete) might have learned their lesson on this point, but it doesn’t seem that that’s the case.
 

 

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4 Responses to Tiger Woods in the Fairway Bunker: No, Peter, He Doesn’t “Maintain his Height”

  1. David W August 14, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    Wayne, watched this live and after hearing broadcast coverage, thought no way head was level. They played the forward lean clip first and I was skeptical. Thank you for the call out and clear reinforcement. David

  2. John August 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

    Come on Wayne, Tiger maintains his height on every single shot. He is 6′ 1” before, during and after every shot. He maintains it beautifully, although perhaps in time he’ll suffer some form of geriatric stoop. Then you can say he lost his height – perhaps for ever.
    As far as I am aware, no golfer has suffered shrinkage of vertical dimension during any golf shot. (Or is that lengthth?). If they did lose, (note I avoided the ghastly crime of writing ‘loose’), during a shot, eventually they would disappear completely, given the amount of golf they play.
    And Tiger did keep his head still…..still attached to his neck and shoulders. Surely this is what they meant? It’s the heightthth of bad manners to mock the professionally inept. (Fun with English, episode 5,423).

  3. Everett August 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    It’s like talking politics with someone of an opposing view. No matter what you say it isn’t going to make a difference. No matter what you show them it isn’t going to make a difference. Evidence doesn’t mean much. Logic is generally regarded as fake news. Pictures and video are not interpreted the same.

    And Wayne, you are right. How many people are going to fail out of a fairway bunker because of their analysis?

    My advise- mute the TV…………..

  4. Benjamin August 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    This is a free video, can someone please tag ths link on their FB or Twitter pages !!!

    Wayne, be better if you did it ????????????

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