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Tiger’s Comeback Swing and Short Game at the Hero World Challenge 2017

I did a video not too long ago of Tiger’s first batch of swings as he comes back from his 4th back surgery (click here to watch if you haven’t seen it), this one being the most serious, a fusion. My take was that I liked what I saw, and that the only thing I was concerned about was his ability to rotate his hips through the impact area and his tendency to get “stuck” with the shaft approaching from too far behind his hands due to the combination of slow hips and his hands and arms dropping straight down in transition rather than out toward the ball. In these swings (there are no good ones from down the line) it appears that his hip motion is deeper, and more fluid and his footwork looks good. He has always had a great golf swing, and if he can play without pain I think he will hit the ball fine. The two things that I believe will determine whether he shoots good scores or not will be the fatigue factor on the last few holes of each round, and even more importantly his short game, which has not been very good the last few times he has played in competition. My guess is that if he can keep playing for a few months without reinjury he will be ready to compete at the Masters, and everyone will love that.


9 Responses to Tiger’s Comeback Swing and Short Game at the Hero World Challenge 2017

  1. Clay November 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    Hope your correct. His swing looks powerful, Faxon says he drove head to head with DJ. I agree we’ll see what his stamina is at 53 holes?

  2. Chuck November 29, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

    Tiger will shoot 67 tomorrow! I’m calling it!

  3. Carlo Alberto November 30, 2017 at 10:20 am #

    We all want tiger to be back . Hope he hits many greens though ,.. short game doesn’t seem so sharp …

  4. Philip November 30, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    first day pins are the easy ones. Tiger shoot 72-73. Second day pins are harder, Tiger shoot about 75-76. Probably WD after that……he’s done…..such a shame.

  5. Jack November 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

    I’m a bit amazed that he can still increase his posture – to get the angle of his upper body to “bend over the hips/thighs” more during transition compared to address. That alone has to be putting stress on the lower lumbar discs. It is good that he can then strike the ball first and get the shaft to go more left (compared to 2000) even while coming up out of the box more/sooner into the release (a more Joe Durant-like finish). This can be seen from your previous Tiger video link on the down-the-line view.

    We’ll soon find out about his short game today. If he changed how he has been practicing the short game – perhaps by playing competitive games against someone or even gambling during his most recent hiatus from the Tour, then his short game might hold up well. I’ve told the story before about Azinger’s comment when coming back from his shoulder cancer treatment-layoff period. He spent the lion’s share of his off-time, practicing his shortgame (because he wasn’t allowed to hit full shots for a very long time). When he returned to the tour he was shocked that his short game was terrible. My take is that practicing your short game doesn’t help all that much if the shots are just for practice. It has to matter. A lot. One needs to have some skin at risk when playing difficult chip shots in order to be in good shape for actual competitions.

    We shall see.

  6. Cary December 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Tiger’s driver swing is looking good and his tempo with the driver is better than in past years. The true test will be how his swing and short game hold up when the pressure is ramped up in the final rounds, which he had trouble finishing rounds off when in contention in the recent past.

  7. John December 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Not a bad effort to shoot three good rounds on his comeback. However there are now at least a dozen guys who can destroy championship courses in big events. I still think Tiger’s Major wins are behind him now.

  8. Alexander December 6, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    Wayne D – This was an incredible analysis of Tiger’s short game. Learn something every time I come to this site which is what makes it so valuable. In watching I could see some of these short game issues on Thursday/Friday when he missed a few chips.

  9. Cary January 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm #

    In looking at Tiger’s swing at the Farmers Insurance open at Torrey Pines. It looks like Tiger is a little cross with his driver and his shoulder at P5 is shoulders are way too closed and he is having difficulty in squaring the club causing pushes then he doesn’t want to miss right causing big pulls to the left.

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