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Tiger Woods: I can’t go back to my 2000 swing, so stop asking me to



We all remember Tiger Woods’ world-beating, fully torqued golf swing under Butch Harmon.

He won 27 times from 1999 through 2002, including seven major championships. Doubtless, this was the best era of Woods’ career. However, in 2003, Woods left Harmon and began rebuilding his swing under Hank Haney.

At that time, and seemingly in every discussion of Woods’ swing since, a chorus of “why did he change” sings.

Woods has alluded to the fact that the stress the swing placed on his left knee, which he rapidly snapped straight during the downswing, was wrecking his knee.

The knee was always suspect. He had a tumor removed from it while at Stanford in 1994, and then a cyst removed eight years later. He also had fluid drained at that time, and likely more than just the one time that’s on the official record.

Thus, Woods felt his only choice was to transition to an action that put less stress on the joint. Accordingly, returning to his Harmon-era swing was never a possibility.

Woods told Geno Auriemma on his “Holding Court” podcast that there’s no possibility of a return to that swing.

“I can’t. My knee is trashed from all those years of playing that way. I’ve had four operations on my knee. Forget when my back was bad; pre-surgery and pre-back problems, people were saying the same thing: ‘Why don’t you go back to 2000?’ I can’t; my knee’s trashed from playing that way, I can’t do that anymore. I have to look for a different way.”

So, while many (hopefully most) people understood Woods knee issues made a return to his 2000 swing an impossibility, Woods’ remarks should put that suggestion to bed forever.

(h/t Luke Kerr-Dineen)

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  1. Paul Booij

    Nov 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I tried his 2000 swing. Distance was awesome. Could shape it both ways for a while. My knee hurt and back as well. I quit and slowed down. Just focus on work now and play a few rounds a year.

  2. UnclePhil

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    And neither can you go back to being a good person. Who needs ya?

  3. OB

    Nov 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    With a bum left knee, Tiger will not be able to drive the ball over 300 yards, and that will relegate him to the bottom of the PGA heap. You can’t compete with only one good knee joint and a suspect knee that could give out at any moment.
    So what is the purpose of trying to return to play tour golf? What is he thinking?

  4. Earl

    Nov 9, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Are Adam Scott’s knees and back trashed? Stop blaming others. Better yet, disappear so nobody can hear your whining and lying or see your adultery and drug addiction.

    • K_Runkasaurus

      Nov 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Observe everybody: ignorance.

    • Ross

      Nov 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Ah another person who thinks the Woods and Scott swing are the same. Amusing

  5. Milo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for stating the obvious.

  6. C

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    That’s fine. Just stop dipping during the downswing and getting stuck at the bottom.

    • H

      Nov 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      I think he’s trying to emulate Charles Barkley’s dip and stop style

    • Dr.

      Nov 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      He has to ‘dip’ to keep his wonky knees exercised otherwise they go stiff.

  7. weekend duffer

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    A swing so perfect the human body could not handle it.

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This new Miura documentary is must-watch stuff for equipment junkies



Last week, we told you a Miura documentary was on the horizon. Today, it’s here.

The mysterious Japanese company’s wares have had a cult following in the golf equipment space since company founder, Katsuhiro Miura, began forging and hand-grinding clubs in 1957. The three-chapter documentary short begins by looking into company history, building techniques, and Miura’s reputation globally.

“Within Japan, the name Miura, specifically the name of our founder, Katsuhiro Miura, it is a legend,” says Shinei Miura.

Such is the bold, and entirely appropriate, start to Discovering Perfection: The Miura Story, and it only gets more interesting from there.

Just 10 minutes in length, this short documentary is well worth your time. Check it out!

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Is Rory McIlroy right about drunken fan behavior? GolfWRX members debate



Rory McIlroy’s brilliant Sunday performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational is rightfully in the headlines, but his remarks after his Saturday round continue to spur debate.

McIlroy, it seems, was repeatedly heckled by a likely overserved gentleman. He told ESPN

“There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife’s name. I was going to go over and have a chat with him. I don’t know, I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think that they need to limit alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something because every week, it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.”

McIlroy is right about “guys complaining more and more.” We’ve already heard from the Ulsterman and Justin Thomas on the issue of fan behavior this year. But is he right to suggest limiting alcohol? Is this more an issue of drunk idiots or idiots generally?

GolfWRX members discussed McIlroy’s remarks in a forum thread salmon1a started.

Christosterone positions golf in the pantheon of sport and says there’s no place for heckling

“What kind of a loser follows Rory around yelling his wife’s name?? One can imagine he was not simply yelling her name…but was saying something crass about her…Either we tolerate the behavior or we don’t…heckling is different from interrupting a stroke…And we all know heckling when we see it..The question is whether or not we allow it…Golf is a concentration sport on par with gymnastics [as related to focus]. Imagine if some idiot was heckling Simone Biles between events…they would be tossed”

Titleist670 on where to draw the line and the fact that heckling is bad for other fans too

“A little good natured ribbing is one thing, but when you start following players around and yelling personal insults I’m fine with getting these people off the course.”

“The other issue is some of the obnoxious folks ruin it for other fans. I’m sure there are kids after the rounds who would like autographs or to see their favorite players, but after 18 holes of dealing with drunks yelling mashed potatoes after every shot, there are guys who probably just want to get the F out of there.”

JaNelson38 puts some of the blame on volunteer marshals

“This is the #1 drawback to having volunteers act as marshals and crowd control…I personally think each venue should provide security each week to help alleviate this problem, even if it costs some purse money.”

Dave230 says the context doesn’t make it appropriate

“You shouldn’t have to listen to somebody pester you shouting your wife’s name all day around the course in any walk of life. It wouldn’t be accepted at anyone’s work. It would lead to a fight at a bar. So why should a professional sportsperson have to suck it up?”

MrWolf thinks something is brewing

“McIlroy is spot on, just like Justin Thomas. Players are clearly unhappy and I doubt it’s just those two…It’ll be interesting to see if this issue comes to a head between the players and the tour. It might be that player power is the only way to force the tour to actually do something about the plethora of d***heads that seem to attend tournaments these days.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Page through the 100 replies regarding this ongoing discussion that doesn’t look to be going anywhere anytime soon and offer your take. And if PGA Tour officials are considering action, they’d do well to do the same for a thorough treatment of the issue.

Check out the thread. 

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The 5 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Chris Trott shows off how he speeds up the drying process on a paintfill when pressed for time

Dave Nguyen with  his #newbabe

Pat Lucci displays his custom Lamont Mann putter cover

The Wedge Wizard reveals his “stone finish”

Andrew Halford‘s beautiful custom Newport 2

Don’t forget to tag your photos #GolfWRX. Golf gods willing, you’ll be featured here in the future!


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