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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. Bring back 2000s tiger

    Jul 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

    People commenting it was his swing… It was the gym work, look at the transformation from cardio and high rep training to trying to beef up with low reps & high weights. Around the same time he started getting his problems.

    Yoga and a high rep low weight training session would get him back mobile and pain free.

    I have gone from a 14 handicap to 3 in 2 years from changing my workout from high weight to low weight. I feel so much quicker and fitter as I am not carrying around all this extra weight

  2. 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.

  3. UnclePhil

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm

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

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. Milo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for stating the obvious.

  7. 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.

  8. weekend duffer

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)



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.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

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A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match



Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?



Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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