When I was in the 6th grade and playing in my second year of hockey in a town I won’t name, I was sitting in the dressing room before a game, getting prepared – which consists, if your pops isn’t around at the moment, of getting your damned skates laced tightly enough to not wobble, but not so tightly (yes, Mr. G-, I remember your strong paramedic’s hands as the assistant coach, bless you) that you lost feeling in your feet.
I didn’t love this town, and I had no love for most of the kids on the team. My family lived between two hockey towns and this town was the first in which I played. Didn’t live there. Thank God.
Let’s treat Sergio Garcia like Jack Nicklaus, shall we? He hasn’t killed anyone. I mean, if we’re all going to pile on someone saying ignorant things, well, let’s treat Sergio Garcia as we would have treated someone like Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player saying something dumb in their prime.
Let’s just be consistent. The man said something really, really dumb, but how bad was the comment compared to these quotes:
And there’s another golfer I won’t be rooting for in the future, even if he’s about to win the Grand Slam…
I could forgive the spitting-in-the-cup thing as a jerkish impulse gesture from an immature player. But what comes out of your mouth in verbal and not salivary form – not so much, when it reveals your inner, shall we say “real persona.”
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’m ready to head out for some more “The Formula” shooting (looking good, looking good!), and I’m wondering as I prepare, if people watching golf on the weekend, or who are Tiger Woods fans and fans of golf and the game realize the implications of what happened over the weekend.
I like to think a bit, you see, and sometimes I think quite a bit before I know why I’m thinking so much about something. Well, it just occurred to me why the weekend has been bugging me so much.
Update: And here we go again, with another Tiger&Sergio update on the previous weekend’s follies – now there is a marshal who says that Tiger may not have lied about the “Sergio had already hit” story.
As I said, I’m grateful to have decided not to write about this stuff going forward, and this posting was a “but before I do…” And so the update must be added.
And now, I hope I’m really, truly done with gossip-column postings. /update
I get up this morning feeling all good about my decision to only blog about the swing, and then I see this thing while I’m reading through golf news as I do in the morning for anything of use in the blog.
And the thing is, no one asked me to do that job. So I’m going to stick with blogging on the swing for the time being. I enjoy writing about the swing and things to do with the swing.
The larger world around the golf swing? I don’t care, so I will refrain from commenting on that going forward. I’m not taking back anything I’ve written except to say that anything I’ve written about the Players and Tiger’s drop have nothing to do with the golf swing.
Update: I’m revising the title of this posting and my earlier comments regarding the 14th hole at TPC Sawgrass. I’ve looked at everything a hundred times and the biggest cause of my suspicion – the overhead shot – is not conclusive enough for me to yell “cheat!” with any comfort. That’s a harsh word.
So I withdraw that accusation, but maintain that something really weird was going on down there and it again had to do with Tiger Woods- others hit it in the water on the same hole and everyone else had to re-tee or drop way shorter than Tiger got to drop.
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.
I caught Tiger harpooning (thank you, Mike Austin, for that delicious term) a bunker shot yesterday on the 16th at the Bay Hill, when he fat-chopped it into the water. I wish I had gotten that on video, perhaps I’ll be able to snag something on Youtube…
I did get this particular sequence of Tiger on a another bunker shot he also duffed, and you can see the harpoon in all its glory here.
(Update With a Paragraph on Tiger Woods is in the body of the post) This is a video clip of my swing back in February or March of 1998.
You’ll recall that I had only received 6 lessons or so, in the spring of ’97 from my first instructor who didn’t teach ‘modern style’ golf, he just swung the club and taught people how to hit the ball.
I had played all summer and even shot 80 twice, with no “missing” strokes. Counted ‘em all.