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VIDEO: Tiger Woods hitting a ‘smooth iron shot’

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As recently as two weeks ago, Tiger Woods’ doctors had only cleared the 14-time major champion to hit 60-yard wedge shots.

Last week at the Presidents Cup, assistant captain Woods provided no meaningful update and suggested he may never play competitively again.

Thus, the 24-second slow motion video he tweeted Saturday is manna from heaven for Tiger fans. In it, Woods plays a ‘smooth’ iron shot.

Now, we can move from guessing if Tiger will ever play again to the speculation as to when Woods could compete and the armchair analysis of TW’s action.

But hey, it’s the best time to be a Tiger fan since Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

 

 

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  1. MB

    Oct 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    I love it. Does he get jiggy wit’ it too?

  2. Someone

    Oct 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Any speculation as to the sigh at the end? you think he was in pain still or disappointed?

  3. bb

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:40 am

    lmfaooooooooo

  4. Mad-Mex

    Oct 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Good Luck and Speedy recovery,,,,,,,, but he wont be more than a side show and ticket seller until the novelty wears off and he joins the Senior Tour….

    • Crackshot

      Oct 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      His spine is wrecked because papa Woods forced lil’ 2 y.o. Tiger to swing a weighted club with a cut down steel shaft…. and 40 years later he has an 80 y.o. spinal column!!!

      • Rwj

        Oct 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

        More likely his wanna be SEAL mindset and training. He was a small guy trying to carry heavy amounts of muscle

      • MB

        Oct 9, 2017 at 1:30 am

        It’s because he activated his glutes all wrong with too many ladies of the night

  5. M. Vegas

    Oct 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Every day is upper body day yo

  6. Scott

    Oct 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Yawn

  7. The Dude

    Oct 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    slow motion will not show his rushed transition (compared to what he use to have)……google his swing from 2001….then look his 2015 transition…..not the same and likely the reason he lost lots of power…

  8. RG

    Oct 8, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Now all he needs is to be able to hit a driver, fix his short game figure out how to putt again, stop dipping, find a rhythm with some kind of tempo, improve his mental attitude, get his focus back and not break his back and he’ll be back!

    • JJC51

      Oct 9, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Oh, and he will have to remember which coast he is on, Atlantic or Pacific, next time he is pulled over by the cops.

  9. MB

    Oct 8, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Until he fixes that wicked dip, he’ll never be hit his driver straight again. And I shouldn’t help him or anything lol

    • RMF

      Oct 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Tiger has always had a massive drop in his swing?

      • MB

        Oct 9, 2017 at 1:21 am

        RMF, yeah, but you can’t hit modern big-headed 460 driver that way. He could do it back then in the 90’s early 2000’s when the heads were still relatively smaller compared to the 460 we have now, when he could still somewhat hit down-ish on it. Now with that dip, he’s all over the place. Not that I want to him to change his swing now, mind you, I don’t want to see him anywhere near the tour again

    • Crackshot

      Oct 8, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      He likes to ‘dip’ with his straight driver… he needs no help….

      • MB

        Oct 9, 2017 at 1:22 am

        It might have been straight before, but it’s all crooked now since he hit the fire hydrant, and since he’s been caught drooling at the wheel slobbering on dilaudid

  10. cgasucks

    Oct 7, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Baby steps…

  11. Steve

    Oct 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Probably hit the smooth 9 as far as I hit my hybrid.

    • Crackshot

      Oct 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      you can only hit your hybrid 150 yards? LOL

      • MB

        Oct 9, 2017 at 1:31 am

        Oh you give him way too much credit, he meant more like 110 yards

  12. SteveK

    Oct 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    A smooth three-quarter 9-iron shot?

    • SteveK

      Oct 8, 2017 at 2:50 am

      One of the TV analysts at the Safeway Open made the comment that most of the golfers were only going back three-quarters with their irons.
      I guess the pros can backswing three-quarters to generate enough shoulder torque for their iron shots.

      • RMF

        Oct 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

        if that is 3/4s what fraction is John Rahms swing 1/24

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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

RELATED: Tiger Woods WITB

Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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Tiger Woods shoots an opening-round 72 (1-over) at the 2018 Genesis Open

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After hitting just 17 fairways all week at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T23, Tiger Woods switched driver shafts and added 0.75 degrees of loft in his TaylorMade M3 driver ahead of the 2018 Genesis Open this week. He went from using a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft, to a Matrix TP6HDe shaft — he used a TP7HDe shaft back in 2015.

So how did the switch work out for him at Riviera CC on Thursday?

Well, he hit driver 9 times during his round of 72 strokes; four went right — one of which got lost in a tree and he had to re-tee — one went left, and four found the fairway. He hit 8-of-14 fairways in total; no Fred Funk, but an improvement. Woods’ bigger issue on Thursday, actually, was that he hit only 7 greens in regulation, leaving himself a few tricky up-and-downs. Despite hitting only 38 percent of greens, Woods managed to make 5 birdies, and he continues displaying prowess on the greens (1.784 Strokes Gained Putting, and 82 feet worth of putts made).

He also showed some flashes of old Tiger with Arnie-esque follow through.

Of course, that means he missed the fairway way right, and he did go onto bogey the hole, but the shot made for some excitement on golf twitter, at least.

According to @RandallMellGC, Tiger described his round in a post-round interview: “I fought hard. I made a few simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, missed on the wrong side, made a few birdies as well. 1-over’s not bad.”

Yea, that’s about right.

Tiger currently sits at T66, and six shots off the leader. Lots of golf to play, but he’ll likely be contending with the cutline come Friday afternoon. How do you think Tiger will finish this week at the 2018 Genesis Open?

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Custom Camerons, wedge stampings, a 6-hybrid, and Tiger wearing Tennis shoes?

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Yesterday, we brought you shots of Thomas Pieters’ iron stamping, Adam Scott’s new (shorter) wand, and more.

Today, we’ve got some more choice shots from the range at Riviera from Tuesday’s practice. Strap in for a sampling from a cornucopia of WITB shots and a helping of Tiger Woods (who we feature in two galleries). We also discussed his new driver shaft yesterday, so if you missed that piece, check it out.

On to the pictures.

First up, Wesley Bryan looks to be gaming an some Anthony Taranto artistry with his 54-degree Mack Daddy 4 wedge. Do work, indeed!

Ted Potter, Jr. won more than a million dollars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week. But as the check hasn’t come yet, he hasn’t been able to buy Goo Gone to take the tape residue off the bottom of his putter.

A custom Cam for Rafa Cabrera Bello.

…and William McGirt.

#GrindGoals (Luke Donald’s 60-degree Mizuno T7)

Vijay Singh looks to have gotten his foot stuck in a bear trap, and yet he’s still practicing!

The most famous putter in golf, and Nike Vapor Advantage tennis shoes for Tiger?

Apparently, all the weight modification available on PXG 0311 irons was insufficient for Charl Schwartzel.

When your name scripting matches your sponsor’s script…

This is not the WITB of a 20-handicapper, rather Camilo Villegas may be the only Tour pro gaming a 6-hybrid.

So much is going on with Camilo Villegas’ irons…

You’ve seen custom stampings, but how about Bubba Watson’s custom shaft and custom shaft graphic?

When you’re the only PGA Tour professional to own a candy store, your wedge imagery reflects that fact.

The Big Cat browsing GolfWRX on mobile, no doubt…

If you’d like to dig deeper, we have two galleries of range photos from the Riv, plus 13 (!) WITB threads. Dig in!

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