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Tiger Woods announces split with swing coach Chris Como

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The last we saw from Tiger Woods in competition, he finished T9 at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, where his swing looked compact but strong, often hitting 179-180 mph ball speed with the driver. But it seems he was not working with swing coach Chris Como, with whom he’s worked with since November 2015.

Woods confirmed via Twitter on Friday that he has officially split with swing coach Chris Como, saying that he is going to “do this on my own” going forward. Woods also says that during his recent comeback, he has been “primarily relying on my feel and previous years of hard work with Chris,” likely meaning that he hasn’t worked with Como since his spinal fusion surgery.

Here’s Tiger’s announcement via Twitter:

 

We’ve seen many renditions of a Tiger Woods swing while on Tour; Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, Sean Foley and Chris Como have all shaped Tiger’s swing in different ways. Are we now entering into the “Tiger Woods” version of a Tiger Woods swing? If not, who do you think Tiger will enlist as his next swing coach?

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Dec 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Duh…….it was clear he had not been working on that swinging left GARBAGE…..nice to see him start covering it again. As long as he keeps working on the right things he will get better and better, it has always been simple to fix.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. Paul Shirley

    Dec 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    tiger is a great golfer and does not need anyone to teach him a new swing , i think any pro that has had 4-5 teachers changing his swing would be a basket case and would get hurt .

    tiger is not done and i think he will win a major this year .

  3. The Antihipster Hippie

    Dec 24, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Well, there’s no doubt his swing looked the most athletic it has in years at the Hero. If he keeps playing golf instead of swing I think he’s got a lot of wins left in him. I’m not a particular fan, but I sure would like to see him close out his PGA career on a higher note!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Science conquers all all all… cause feel is not real real real… and Tiger is all feel feel feel …. swinging with abandon

      • Happy Gilmore

        Dec 24, 2017 at 2:24 am

        You must be on even better drugs than Tiger was. Go to sleep.

        • peter

          Dec 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

          …. and for you Tiger IS golf… and HE is your drug high. gth.

      • Boyo

        Dec 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

        DB’s will be DB’s.

  4. Keith L Berry

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Thank God, Tiger is the best feel Golfer on the planet.
    All of those swing coaches helped take away that core feeling you get when it’s just you and you alone hitting the golf ball.
    Maybe he will get that famous touch he had back around the greens.
    Watch Out if that happens!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Hit hit hit the ball,
      That’s all all all!
      Swing da club club club,
      An’ don’ flub flub flub!
      Golf is easy easy easy,
      An’ breezy breezy breezy!!
      Tiger Tiger Tiger,
      The driver driver driver!

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Woods knows a ton about the golf swing and of course knows how to swing a club. Getting less technical and more feel based may be best. Looks like the last few years he was playing golf swing instead of playing golf. It will be interesting to watch.

    • roger

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yup… Tiger is a feel-based sorta guy … golf, children, women, golf …..

  6. LarryG

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Brian Manzella would fix Tiger’s swing once and for all … with help from Zick and Sasho too …!
    Brian would overhaul Tiger’s Alpha, Beta and Gamma swing torques and other miscellaneous forces that reside in the hand paths.

    • Boyo

      Dec 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Everybody talking about how to fix a guy that has won %25 of every tournament he has ever entered.

  7. CB

    Dec 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    wth! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  8. HennyBogan67

    Dec 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This is the best news I’ve heard in 10 years. Tiger knows how to hit it as well as anyone in the last 25 years. I kept saying he should stuff his ears with cotton and hit balls until his hands bleed. This guy has a better swing than anyone out there if he just lets go. May the Force be with him!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:43 am

      He was great until he joined the Dark Side…. and slid slid slid into the murky waters of pain and confusion … ah such is life …..!!!

  9. Dat

    Dec 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Good move! Tiger can do it on his own now, I believe it is for the best.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

      There’s a big difference between a young and old tiger in the golf jungles. It’s the younger tigers who vanquishes the old tigers to advance the golfing species.

  10. Don

    Dec 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Well it’s about time. The tinkerer wasn’t really going to listen to anyone anyways. I believe Butch said he should be doing this well.

    Let’s all look forward to seeing what a Tiger endorsed Tiger swing looks like.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:35 am

      Tiger believes he can resurrect his golf swing by feeling his way through the kinetics and kinematics because feeling and love conquers all.

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The drivers used by the top-10 longest hitters on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018

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What drivers do the PGA Tour’s longest golfers use to bomb their tee shots? Now that the 2017-2018 PGA Tour season is behind us, we can do a thorough examination.

First, here’s a tally of what the top 10 in driving distance on Tour are using by driver manufacturer. Interestingly, only two OEMs figure.

  • Ping: 4
  • TaylorMade: 6

But this is GolfWRX, so of course you want to know more. Below is a breakdown of the driving-distance leaders on the PGA Tour in 2017-2018, the specifics of their drivers, shafts and how far their average tee shots flew.

10) Keith Mitchell

Driver: TaylorMade M1 440
Loft: 10.5 degrees (10 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS T1100 7.5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D3
Grip: Golf Pride Victory Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 312.6 yards

9) Bubba Watson

Driver: Ping G400 LST
Loft: 8.5 degrees (7.6 degrees)
Shaft: Ping BiMatrix-X (tipped .50 inch)
Length: 44.5 inches
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Ping 703 Gold
Average driving distance: 312.9 yards

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8) Brooks Koepka

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 9.5
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX
Average driving distance: 313.0 yards

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7) Gary Woodland

Driver: TaylorMade M3 440
Loft: 9 degrees (8 degrees)
Shaft: Accra RPG 80X (tipped 2 inches)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord Mid
Average driving distance: 313.4 yards

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6) Dustin Johnson

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 9.5 degrees
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution 2.0 Tour Spec
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
Average driving distance: 314.0 yards

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5) Luke List

Driver: TaylorMade M4
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80TX
Average driving distance: 314.7 yards

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4) Tony Finau

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Accra Tour Z X485 M5 (tipped 1 inch)
Length: 45.25 inches
Swing weight: D5
Grip: Custom Lamkin UTX Mid
Average driving distance: 315.3 yards

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3) Tom Lovelady

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: TPT MKP 15.5
Length: 44.75 inches
Swing weight: D3+
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord 58R
Average driving distance: 315.9 yards

2) Trey Mullinax

Driver: Ping G400 Max
Loft: 9 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi KuroKage XT 60-X
Length: 45 inches (tipped 1 inch)
Swing weight: D4
Grip: Golf Pride V55 Full Cord
Average driving distance: 318.7 yards

1) Rory McIlroy

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460
Loft: 8.5 degrees
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70XTS
Length: 45.625 inches
Swing weight: D8
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R
Average driving distance: 319.8 yards

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Patrick Reed airs out Jordan Spieth and Captain Jim Furyk following the 2018 Ryder Cup loss

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In an interview with Karen Crouse of The New York Times, Patrick Reed held zero punches about his displeasure with former Ryder Cup partner Jordan Spieth, Captain Jim Furyk, and the egos of the United States team.

First, a bit of back story. Patrick Reed — dubbed “Captain America” — played foursomes and fourballs with Jordan Spieth in both the 2014 and 2016 Ryder Cups, amassing a 4-1-2 record as partners in the two events.

But when it came to the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, Patrick Reed was paired with Tiger Woods in both fourball sessions (losing both), while Spieth played with Justin Thomas in fourballs and foursomes (Spieth/JT went 3-1). Reed sat the bench for both foursomes sessions.

According to Reed, the decision to split from Spieth was not his call, or the captain’s, but rather, due to Spieth’s wishes. Reed also took shots at Furyk for sitting him in both fourball matches.

Here’s what Reed had to say…

About Jordan Spieth

“The issue’s obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me,” Reed said, according to the NYT. He added: “I don’t have any issue with Jordan. When it comes right down to it, I don’t care if I like the person I’m paired with or if the person likes me as long as it works and it sets up the team for success. He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done.”

In the post-Ryder Cup press conference with the entire team, the ex-partners were asked about the split, to which Spieth answered: “We were totally involved in every decision that was made… Jim allowed it to be a player-friendly environment.”

When asked about this moment in the interview by the NYT, Reed said, “I was looking at (Jordan Spieth) like I was about to light the room up like Phil in ’14,” in reference to Phil Mickelson calling out Captain Tom Watson in the 2014 post-Ryder Cup interview.

About Captain Furyk

“I thought he might go back with the groups that have worked in the past (after the first alternate-shot session).”

“For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don’t think it’s smart to sit me twice.”

About the U.S. Team

“Every day, I saw ‘Leave your egos at the door,’” Reed said, of inspirational messages in the team room. “They (the Europeans) do that better than us.”

Full New York Times article.

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Team USA provides Sunday thrills, but ultimately loses the 2018 Ryder Cup

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Team USA was trailing 10-6 going into Sunday’s 12 singles matches against Team Europe at the 2018 Ryder Cup. It was a highly unlikely comeback — about a 9 percent chance according to multiple data sources — but there were moments on Sunday it looked possible.

Justin Thomas, in a back-and-forth match against Rory McIlroy, pulled off a crucial win after Rory drove the ball into the lip of a fairway bunker on 18 and hit his approach shot into the hazard.

Other things were happening, too.

Finau was finessing Fleetwood. Webb was waxing World No. 2 Justin Rose. Koepka was keeping up with Casey. Woods was withstanding Rahm’s will. Reed was rolling.

But ultimately, alliteration aside, the Europeans were simply winning too many holes, and racking up points. The United States needed to win 8 matches. It had to be an utterly one-sided Sunday in the USA’s favor, and it simply was not.

Tiger vs. Rahm in the fourth slot proved to be a huge swing match after USA recorded 2.5 points in the first three matches. Rahm missed a four-footer on 16, giving Tiger a chance at 1 down with 2 to play, but Rahm closed the deal on 17 with a short birdie putt (leading to an expectedly huge celebration) after Tiger missed the fairway off the tee and failed to chip in. Tiger finished 0-4 in the 2018 Ryder Cup.

About the time Rahm closed the door on Tiger was when Ian Poulter took hold of the match against Dustin Johnson (despite DJ holing a few long putts to give hope), and he closed the door with fantastic approach shots on the final three holes. Thorbjorn Olesen closed out Spieth 5&4. Bubba Watson went down 5 to Henrik Stenson, Molinari went up 3 on Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia was up 2 holes on Rickie Fowler. With too much blue on the scoreboard and just not enough red, it was just a matter of time. Europe was a lock to take back the Ryder Cup. And they did.

The Ryder Cup officially ended when Francesco Molinari hit the green on 16 and Phil flared one into the water. Fittingly, due to Molinari’s 5-0 performance, his 4&2 victory on Sunday gave Europe its winning point.

The overlying factor in the entire Ryder Cup was the United States’ inability to hit fairways on a Le Golf National course that penalizes missed fairways. This could have something to do with it…

Here’s how the relevant matches finished as Europe clinched the Cup:

  • JT def. Rory 1up
  • Brooks and Casey: halved
  • Webb def. Rose 3&2
  • Rahm def. Woods 2&1
  • Finau def. Fleetwood 6&4
  • Poulter def. DJ 2up
  • Olesen def. Spieth 5&4
  • Molinari def. Mickelson 4&2
  • Stenson def. Bubba 5&4
  • Garcia def. Rickie 2&1

So what’s the takeaway? Did the task force make bad choices with the captains picks? Did Furyk’s pairings cost the U.S. in the first two days? Was it simply a great performance by the Europeans?

See what GolfWRX Members are saying about the Ryder Cup here. 

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