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.

Dennis Clark

“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.”

Tom Stickney

”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.

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  1. Dennis,

    I suffer from exactly the same swing problem that Tiger has, just not on the same level. I have found that what works for me is keeping my right shoulder higher in the downswing. My contact is much better and I can get more to my left side and, most importantly for me, I can finish in a straight up and down position as opposed to the back-killing old reverse C. This has greatly helped take pressure off my lower back.

  2. I’m impressed with his effortless kinetic chain power transfer from his lower body to his upper body. His legs and hips are decisive and the kinetic energy just ripples up his spinal column to torque his broad shoulder span. From there his arm and hands react to the power flow culminating in a sweet release of his clubhead. This golfer is destined for bigger and better things in the future because he has that winning ways mojo about him.

  3. Tiger has never dipped this much on the DS. I agree with other posts that he will struggle greatly if not corrected. The dip adds more pressure to the swing and under pressure the dip will be quicker and steeper. He looks the same. Wait till he starts little pitch shot a under pressure and see how well this holds up. Won’t happen.

  4. If Michelle Wie can play on the PGA Tour, Tiger can play on the LPGA Tour, right? Equal opportunity goes both ways, right?

    The swing that Butch built is gone. Let’s see if Adam Scott’s swing can hold up another 10 years without back problems. If so, BIG MISTAKE Tiger. Huge. Greed ruins.

      • If Scott would have had Tiger putting for him, he probably would have broken every record in the book.
        I used to get a lot of eye rolls when I would tell people that if Woods ever lost his chipping and putting, he’d be just another guy named “Meat.”
        After that last comeback attempt, I don’t get those looks any more.
        It’s the biggest part of the game, but make no mistake. Tiger’s later record was built on chipping and putting, not ball striking. That’s going to need to come back if he has any chance. I think that’s unlikely.
        If Tiger had kept the “Butch” swing, he would have broken every record in the book, and probably would still be breaking them.
        But as I read recently, Butch said “Tiger likes to tinker.”
        And there you have it.

        • He would have won more with Haney’s swing than Butch’s. Butch actually didn’t to much to the actual swing, Butch is always more the mental game and game plan/course management type coach, but Haney definitely changed it up. And Eldrick won more with Hank than he did with anybody else. It’s his women-chasing that was his downfall, not the swing tinkering, let’s all be honest about that.

        • Read Mark Broadie’s book every shot counts. He debunks the myth that Tiger was a great putter. . He was a great ball striker. His approach shots were much closer than anyone else on the tour at his peak so he had more makeable putts for birdies(and eagles) than anyone else by far. He was a good short range putter which we saw on TV since he was always much closer to the hole than his competition. As far as his rank on the tour for putting he was rarely in the top 20.

  5. Dippity doo dah, dippity day
    This way too much dipping will cost him his game
    A great swinger he once was
    Now can’t figure out anything but dippity too dah
    and look like he’s copying Charles Barkley’s flaws

  6. first video shows a very nice swing…..the next few show his quick jerk of his body at impact, is he planning on tearing up another part of his body? Needs to look at his smooth swing and figure out how to play with that…gee he may have to move up a club or two and give up the 150 yard pitching wedges…

    • Yup…. that upward thrust prior to impact will again tear up his left knee ligaments because the addition of thrust to the high torque applied to the left knee is dangerous, particularly if you have already had surgery on his left knee.

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