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In defense of Sean Foley, Tiger is probably hard to teach and a selective listener, but pure and simple, Tiger's new swing doesn't fit the way his body wants to move. A wider, higher swing is better for him and matches his naturally aggressive, fast-turning hips. A higher swing will also give him more room to get his arms past his body on the downswing. A flatter shoulder turn would allow him to make a better weight transfer on the backswing. He also has to get back to releasing the club naturally and not guiding and steering the club through impact. Tiger should trust his athleticism and go back to what works. He will break Jack Nicklaus's record if he goes back to a more natural motion.
PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Listen to what Tiger says: "How I release the putter, how I release the short game, how I release irons, the driver—they're all related. You can't have one swing [for one phase of the game] and then have another. They're all interrelated."
Woods needs to abandon the idea that all swings—from chipping and sand shots to the full swing and putting—are the same. First, the swing planes for the various parts of the game are different. The wrist set is different, the pressure transfers are different, the shoulder action is different, the ball positions differ, the clubface positions at address and throughout the swing are different. It has been documented through radar testing that you generally need two swings: One with the driver and a different one with the irons with the ball on the ground. It's no wonder that neither Butch Harmon nor Hank Haney tried to change Tiger's short game, which would be like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
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