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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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Brandel’s side

First of all, I consider Brandel to be a friend of mine and he has been nothing but gracious to me during my professional career; though we have differing viewpoints on certain things. I have often called or emailed him, asking his opinion on one thing or another, and he has never failed to answer me. In fact, I love hearing what he has to say, even if it’s the opposite of what I feel personally and professionally — he hardly speaks without research to back it up. When you have the kind of stage he has, you must be armed with facts.

As we all know, Brandel is not a fan of the new breed of instruction. He prefers the old school methods, and clearly from his initial Tweet that sparked the entire controversy, he prefers an upright backswing. He is not a fan of most technologies used on the lesson tee, and he is very vocal regarding the Golfing Machine book and the Trackman launch monitor. While I hold both these things dear to me personally, I do understand how he could not be as convinced as I am of their successes within the game.

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Chuck Cook’s side

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Chuck, I wish I could be HALF the teacher and person you are and have always been! That is a fact.

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Its all good… it’s not a big deal people! Please understand we ALL come from different places within the game and have our own opinions based on our perspective. Remember that these are all subject to change and can at any time. Every one of the people in that string of Tweets have their own agenda to promote and have the basis to call themselves great in what they do for a living. As long as we all have a drink and a laugh together at the end of the day, I see no harm in a gentleman’s disagreement between friends as long as nothing was done out of malice.

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