Everyone has a take on Tiger Woods “new swing.” That is, the action he displayed in his “smooth iron shot” video last week and at his clinic at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Monday.
Would it be premature to draw any firm conclusions from what we’ve seen? Absolutely, but analysts — both armchair and professional — are going to analyze.
We’re lucky enough to have Tom Stickney and Dennis Clark among the experts who share their knowledge of the golf swing with the GolfWRX audience.
It only seemed natural to ask the pair of top teachers what they see in the 14-time major champion’s motion as he tries to make a return to competitive golf following his fourth back surgery.
Here’s the footage they were looking at. And we can’t thank Kevin Roman, Director of Instruction at MPCC, enough for bringing the items he tweeted to our attention.
Smooth iron shots pic.twitter.com/v9XLROZnfW
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 7, 2017
A huge thank you to @kevin_chappell for joining me on the range for a fun exhibition with #TWInvitational guests @tgrliveevents pic.twitter.com/QZiSDv7zPk
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) October 10, 2017
Great clinic by Tiger Woods and Kevin Chappel today . pic.twitter.com/sLIQIwzkL8
— Kevin Roman (@kevinromangolf) October 10, 2017
Here’s another clip of the TW clinic with Kevin Chappell for those who want them. Many more if wanted . pic.twitter.com/n6rxXzDhkH
— Kevin Roman (@kevinromangolf) October 11, 2017
Here’s a new clip from the TW clinic. pic.twitter.com/iTZbynYGiV
— Kevin Roman (@kevinromangolf) October 12, 2017
“My thinking on Tiger remains the same. If he gets his body speed back he may compete at a high level again. He can’t turn through like he used to, so he can’t release the club as freely. His lower body stops, hands take over flip hook or block.
“From the little I can notice in this video it does appear like he’s been more aggressive coming to the golf ball.”
”Basically it’s a stock Tiger “range swing” where he’s relaxed and moving at a much slower pace than normal. Therefore, his extra head motion and linkage is not as out of whack as it is in full speed.
“But what can we expect from a guy who is just a few months out of back surgery? It does appear that he is not ‘staying with the shot’ as much as he normally does giving his shots the sound of being a touch thin, but who would at this point? I think he’s slowly moving forward and have confidence that Chris Como and he will address any physical contraindications that will come their way.”
So there you have it, a couple of professional opinions regarding Tiger’s “new” swing to reference when you’re playing the swing videos on your phone and breaking down TW’s action at the bar with your buddies this weekend.