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

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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. UnclePhil

    Nov 9, 2017 at 10:54 pm

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. Milo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks for stating the obvious.

  5. 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.

  6. weekend duffer

    Nov 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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

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Billy Horschel, Brandel Chamblee battle on Twitter re: Tiger’s swing

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Yes, friends, Billy Horschel and Brandel Chamblee traded barbs on Twitter. And while the specific issue, Tiger Woods’ swing, gets the headline, it’s worth noting that Horschel questioned the Golf Channel analyst’s ability to, well, analyze, more broadly.

Before getting to Chamblee’s latest bit of hornet’s nest kicking, it’s worth examining Horschel’s point: As Chamblee is “a ghost on the range,” and doesn’t talk to players about their swings or coaches about what they’re trying to get their players to do, Horschel doesn’t believe he’s qualified to talk about current player swings.

That’s a bold claim, but it’s one that’s almost certainly echoed by many of Horschel’s fellow PGA Tour pros. It’s certainly the way Tiger Woods, who by all accounts despises Chamblee and has lobbied behind the scenes for the analyst’s firing, feels.

Anyway, onto the exchange. Chamblee, not surprisingly, feels Woods’ action before the advent of Trackman. This is, of course, a moot point as Woods himself stated firmly his left knee issues made his early 2000s swing unsustainable. Regardless, Chamblee decided to tell his followers to emulate Woods’ early 2000s action and stay away from his “Trackman drunk” Foley-era swing.

Then, well, you don’t need play-by-play…

Nice to see Chamblee was able to work in his callback “lift your left heel.” A lot to unpack here, WRXers. What do you think?

 

(credit to Golf.com for the screenshotting)

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Who’s the best golfer without a major right now?

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In this week’s episode of “Yo, GolfWRX?!” equipment expert Brian Knudson and Editor Andrew Tursky cover a wide variety of topics including Grayson Murray vs. Bernhard Langer, Breakfast Balls and Tiger Woods rumors. Also, who’s currently the best player without a major?

Watch the video below to see their answers:

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Sergio Garcia is playing Callaway equipment, but he’s not a staffer (yet)

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As we reported last month, Sergio Garcia and TaylorMade ended their 15-year relationship. And as the GolfWRX forums have been speculating, Garcia will play Callaway equipment at the DP World Tour Championship this week.

However, as ESPN reports, Garcia and Callaway are yet to reach an agreement — and it doesn’t seem that an arrangement is imminent. All Garcia was willing to concede was Callaway’s leader-of-the-pack status.

“At the moment it’s the company that’s in front of the other ones,” Garcia said. “What we’ve been testing, the numbers have been really good with the balls that Callaway has brought to me. Now it’s just a matter of trying it on the golf course and trying it in tournament play, and seeing how it reacts and seeing how it feels.”

The decision to test the potential clubs he’s signing on to play in competition is a wise one, certainly.

Garcia’s remarks about parting ways with TMag, however, were a bit curious.

“It wasn’t only my decision,” Garcia said. “I spent 15 years with TaylorMade but unfortunately things come to an end. All companies change and the politics with TaylorMade have changed after leaving Adidas. We couldn’t come to an agreement. I understand that it’s also difficult when you have so many top players, to keep all of them. Unfortunately we were in that package.”

Politics? Package? What exactly went down? We’d have to assume Garcia was trying to leverage his major victory and strong season for a bigger piece of the sponsorship dollar pie. His remarks seem to suggest, however, TMag wasn’t willing to give him as much pie as he was asking for.

We’ll get you Garcia’s full Callaway WITB as soon as we have it.

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