If you want to know why I am so disdainful of Sean Foley’s swing methodology and Tiger Woods’ bone-headed refusal to re-consider the theory (but hey, he’s winning tournaments again, right? Just not the majors – 5 years this U.S. Open since a Tiger Major Fist Pump), I’d like to show you something.
I have kept a video record of my swing research, and while the first three years are on videotape, and would require salvaging, I discovered digital video back in the waning months of the ’08 season, and I have access to all of my video research since then.
I know people who say, “Oh, you can’t look at Sean Foley’s actual swing, he’s just a golf instructor…”
To which I reply, “That’s like saying, ‘Oh, you can’t judge Gordon Ramsay’s actual dishes, he’s just a celebrity chef on “Hell’s Kitchen…”‘
Look either your swing is correct or it’s faulty. I don’t have to see Sean Foley swinging a golf club to know his methodology is flawed when I watch Tiger Woods making 10 Thousand Practice swings just to hit a fade wedge from the middle of the fairway. That’s just silly…
I have been receiving some, shall we say vitriolic correspondence via email and filtered comments on both this blog and on Youtube regarding my views on Tiger Woods’ swing.
I am currently preparing the New MCS ‘Formula’ video for release this evening, and while the computer crunches away formatting the draft, I thought I’d give you all my full disclosure on Tiger Woods, as I will continue to critique his swing mechanics with my usual bemused (and some say caustic) style.
Listen, he is the biggest name in golf, and if I have to hear his name every time I turn on the television to watch golf, whether he’s playing or not, then I guess I’d better accept the material I’m being given about which to write.
And this isabout swing, so relax…and sometimes, the material just writes itself, kind of like how I imagine the Swing Tips articles get written at times.
I can’t help myself. I was just reading an article on Tiger Woods by Ron Sirak, and I have to wonder what he was thinking when he penned it.
The golf swing is not rocket science. It should not take one year, two years or three years to learn.
Figuring out something that everyone is doing differently (and none of them correctly) is a different matter. I’ve researched the golf swing for eight years, and most of that time was spent debunking, trashing or investigating eventual dead-ends in what others were saying the swing should be.
You’ll remember earlier this year, the television announcers were talking about Tiger Woods’ swing being as good as it was back in 2000(how stupid is this statement, we’ll see when we look at the stats), and his couple of early wins meant that he was going to win 10 more majors.
You’ll also remember that I was saying, “What swing? He wins with his short game, as always – don’t talk to me about that swing…”
If you’ve seen Tiger’s latest swing, you’ll notice that he’s doing his own thing now, and much better for it. I don’t know if Foley has changed his swing model and isn’t admitting it. It’s either that or Tiger’s not listening to Foley any more.
I caught a swing from Tiger on Tee 11 today at Augusta, and you’ll see how he’s left Foley’s model behind, except for the silly finish.
You hear a lot of talk in Mike Austin-land about the dreaded “harpoon” move in the down swing. Essentially, what the harpoon is, is the pulling straight down of the hands and club as if you are trying to spear the ball with the butt end of your club. I’ve been told that it’s great for creating lag.
Well, what it creates is a problem we’ve discussed recently, when your leading arm is “too long.”
This is a very common and altogether silly way to swing a club, and you’ll see why in the pic sequence below:
This posting is going to give Big Toilet both a warm, fuzzy feeling and a slight case of heartburn. Reason: It’s a posting on shaping shots and Trackman, but it references Sean Foley, of whom BT admits to not being a big fan.
I hesitated as well, because I disagree with Sean’s swing “philosophy” (there can be no such thing as a philosophy or ‘method,’ as far as I look at it – it’s either the right way to do it or it isn’t) so strenuously that seeing his name on the byline made me nearly skip the article to which I’m linking. But the Sports Illustrated article by Foley on how to hit a drawis worth a read.
(***Update 5:53pm - Just heard confirmation on the golf telecast that it’s his left Achilles. So, another lower body injury for the modern swing)
Tiger Woods WD’d from the WGC at Doral this afternoon with a left leg injury (not disclosed whether it was the knee, but he said “leg” and not “blister” or “Achilles”), and he did not look good leaving the course.
I wrote a post on the weekend, which was little more than an out-loud head-scratching question, “What is Tiger Woods doing with his swing?” Well, I know now what he’s trying to do, but I’m still in the dark as to why he’d be swinging in this manner…