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Tiger’s short game “a lil off” during Monday’s practice round (updated with video)

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Update: 11/28 at 10:45 a.m.

Here’s a video recap of Tiger’s Monday practice round. Fast forward to 1 minute 30 seconds for a montage of his short game shots.

All reports thus far regarding the state of Tiger Woods’ game and health have been glowing ahead of the 2017 Hero World Challenge. That includes comments from Tiger himself, Brad Faxon, on-course reports and his Monday practice round playing partner Patrick Reed. Apparently, Woods outdrove bomber Dustin Johnson “half the time” during a Sunday practice round, and outdrove Reed all day at Albany in the Bahamas on Monday. He’s also feeling “pain free,” in his own words, which Woods himself finds “remarkable.”

After Woods’ Monday practice round with Reed, however, we spoke to a source who was inside the ropes for the duration of the 9 holes; he expressed concern about Woods’ short game.

“Off the tee was really good,” said our inside source. “Irons pretty solid. Short game was a lil off. So we’ll see come competition time.”

Here’s a look at his chipping motion that was posted on Twitter on Monday.

Remember, the last time we saw Woods in competition he suffered from yip-like symptoms with his wedges. He also hasn’t played in a golf tournament since February in the Dubai Desert Classic, so a rusty short game would certainly be expected.

If Woods’ short game really is “a lil off,” as one insider says, he still has time to work out the kinks before Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. start time with playing partner Justin Thomas.

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Nov 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    He has not changed a damn thing……still a big wipe…..might be able to play a course that you can hit it anywhere like this one. Funny how people say his short game will come around when he gets confidence…..WOW…..such a simple fix too, if he can find someone that understands the golf swing.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. Tommy

    Nov 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    So what, since he doesn’t hole out a tough chip shot, he’s “struggling”?1

  3. Shallowface

    Nov 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Saw a few shots on TV yesterday. Results weren’t great but they weren’t “ginchy” looking in the least. Regardless of what some commentators have said short game yips can be overcome. Tiger’s short game may never be what it was (G.O.A.T.) but it can be very good going forward. I expect he’ll figure it out.

  4. Largechris

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Hope I’m wrong but that’s looks like a nervy stab.

    I don’t particularly believe in the mental damage / baggage theory, I think confidence is more related to practice and testing it in competition.

  5. Dennis Clark

    Nov 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Short game at that level is CONFIDENCE! If he gets his inner self belief back, he’s back.

    • John K

      Nov 28, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Dennis, when someone that is as educated as you are makes this comment I take it as gospel! Agreed 100%.

  6. freowho

    Nov 28, 2017 at 5:51 am

    He has an open stance with the ball back in the stance which causes him to be too steep and spin the ball too much. He needs to close the stance, put the ball forward and get the ball to float and trickle like a putt. Watch Stan Utley.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today

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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.

The folks at Dormie Workshop continue to outdo themselves. It’s ubearable.

The Peoples Clubs with a sick set of NCW blades they just built.

Heckuva an action by one of Jimmy Hutchings’ young pupils.

Kraken Golf is working on a deathly cool project.

Michael Martinez with a savage mock-up of some Ryder Cup Jordans

About right…

We think so too, Kevin.

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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Check out these limited-edition Ryder Cup Adidas Tour360 shoes

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Here are GolfWRX, we love our Ryder Cup swag. Gianni brought you news of the U.S. squad’s apparel and some goodies from Puma last week. Today, we have more Ryder Cup-related gear news for fans of golf’s most storied team competition: Adidas is launching a limited edition Tour360 to commemorate the showdown at Le Golf National.

Available Sept. 24, the shoes draw their inspiration from the famed Ryder Cup trophy. The 10-cleated TPU outsole is designed to look like the wood grain finish at the trophy’s base, and the TPU top plate is shiny and gold like the trophy itself.

While the exterior of the shoe is the same whether your support the United States or Europe, the fortunate souls who snag a pair of the limited-edition shoes will be able to choose their preferred sockliner. One features the American flag and the final scores from every Ryder Cup since 1979, the other, the European flag.

“We know how much the Ryder Cup means to fans all over the world,” said Masun Denison, global footwear director, adidas Golf. “It’s the most competitive event in golf, and brings out a level of emotion that you don’t normally see in the sport. Possession of the Ryder Cup trophy is what both of these teams and fans are after, so we looked to it for inspiration.”

The shoes (MSRP $220) will come with a limited-edition shoe bag and will only available online at adidas.com.

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Rope hat fans, rejoice: Titleist’s Tour Rope Flat Bill is here

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The rope hat is having something of a moment, isn’t it? As the mesh trucker fades to the periphery and the outer recesses of hipsterdom where it belongs, the good old-fashioned cotton rope snapback is stepping up to fill the void in vintage-inspired headwear.

Titleist is getting into the rope hat game with its Tour Rope Flat Bill, worn perhaps most prominently by Cameron Smith recently, but seen adorning the heads of Adam Scott, Jason Kokrak, and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Check ’em out.

The Tour Rope Flat Bill is available on Titleist’s website for $30 now in black/white, navy/white, and white/hunter green colorways.

 

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