Results to the contrary, Tiger Woods doesn't have any tricks up his sleeve. He does, however, play a trick with his sleeve, one that's becoming increasingly common in golf. Woods watchers have noticed that one of his trademark mannerisms is to pull up his left sleeve before he swings, often high enough to expose his entire biceps. The move is done so subtly that many have assumed Woods has his shirts tailored with one preshortened sleeve.
Why does Tiger yank? "Fit is a big deal to him," says David Hagler, Nike Golf's director of apparel. "He likes to wear things oversized, which is why his sleeves are long to begin with. But he also needs freedom of movement, which is why he pulls up his sleeve."
Some players did the tug before Tiger (most notably Fred Couples), but Woods is the one with pull: More and more college and junior players have been seen doing the move. "Tiger's a superstar," says Notah Begay, who also hitches. "Kids are going to emulate him. They do the fist pump, they shield their eyes as they line up a putt, they pull their sleeves. It's analogous to Jordan's tongue waggle."