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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever

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Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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  1. Carolinwe

    Dec 18, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Jack played well……what a joke Love’s win by three strokes and they are both playing on TOUR…3 teams of one Pro Father and Amateur Son’s only 3 strokes back….

  2. geohogan

    Dec 17, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    george knudson also had 10-12 inch lateral move :

    I ignored footwork also because I was stuck on golf’s number one misconception … keep the head still. I later learned that the head has to go where the body carries it. The head has nothing to do with the golf swing, the head has no purpose in the swing”

    • Stewart Graham

      Dec 18, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Just how long Will it take for people
      to understand this?
      George Knudson wonderfull swing I watch his video (late 1980s)often To remind me the golf swing is à simple mouvement expressed in a différent way by each golfer. All Tiger has done he has found his swing when was à kid being coached
      by Butch Harmen.

      Stewart Graham pro Golf de Bondues France.

      • ogo

        Dec 18, 2018 at 11:20 pm

        Knudson self-destructed smoking two packs of cigarettes daily…. and died at 52 from lung and brain cancer. Not a good role model.

        • geohogan

          Dec 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm

          Ben Hogan and many other pga golfers smoked. Does that make them bad role models for a golf swing or is that some suffered from cancer that makes them bad role models.

          We are discussing ideas of great swingers of the golf club.

          Your argument sounds much like the feeble one from the coward who got out of serving in the military due to bone spurs:
          that John McCain wasnt a war hero because he was a POW.

    • freowho

      Dec 18, 2018 at 7:36 am

      The head doesn’t but the eyes do. A right hand golfer who is right eye dominant will turn the head to look at the target and follow the ball. A right hand golfer who is left eye dominant will lift the head to look at the target and follow the ball. If the left eye dominant golfer turns the head they can’t focus on the target well. Turning the head turns the body. Lifting the head lifts the body and creates an over the top move.

      • geohogan

        Dec 18, 2018 at 10:05 am

        @freowho, suggest OTT happens from the top of the swing during the DS.
        Your correct, in that turning the head toward the target before impact, can cause the shoulders to open up too soon and whether hands are OTT or not, the ball will go left.

        No one needs to turn their head to look at the ball flight until well after impact. Impact will be much better and more consistent if golfers would keep looking to the right well after the DS begins.

        Above is much easier if sternum is ahead of the back of the ball in DS just as Ben Hogan and George Knudson.

        • ogo

          Dec 18, 2018 at 11:18 pm

          OTT is chronic amongst portly golfers with protruding pot bellies… swinging OTT to navigate their DS around their pregnant core… 😮

          • geohogan

            Dec 20, 2018 at 12:42 pm

            OTL again, OGO

            OTT tendency is with all golfers, due to genetics. Its the natural move for our hands.

            It has nothing to do with pregnant, smoking, cancer prosthesis or any of your other bias. Go away.

      • Skip

        Dec 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

        this makes zero sense. care to explain why I can hit a ball with my eyes closed then?

    • ogo

      Dec 18, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      Knudson self-destructed by smoking two packs of cigarettes daily…. and died at 52 from lung and brain cancer.

  3. Ray Bennett

    Dec 17, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    The squat during transition is dual external rotation plus abduction of both hip joints. Abduction lowers the hip as does right lateral bend in the lower spine. Both are essential elements in the golf swing. Tiger raised his trunk during the backswing so that his weight would be moving down towards the ball during the downswing. There is not an issue if he has space for solid contact.

  4. Ted

    Dec 17, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Check out the teachings of TN Hall of Fame Golfer Bobby Greenwood to truly understand how the head should move and the body works in order to hit the golfball straight and far.

  5. Steve

    Dec 17, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Alway fun to listen to hacks second guessing arguably the two best golf minds and swings in the history of the game…..

  6. freowho

    Dec 17, 2018 at 2:43 am

    Why does everyone think there is a perfect golf swing!!!! It is completely up to how the individual moves all the time, not just when they are playing golf. Tiger is pidgeon toed and will never turn as well as Adam Scott who is knock kneed. He has to go up and down to generate power. Tiger was ok until they started making the drivers longer lighter and more upright. It’s when he started trying to swing the club around his body that he hurt himself because his posture and movement wasn’t adaptable to that swing. He would have won 40 majors if the titanium drivers had never been made. David Duval was ruined as well.

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Dec 18, 2018 at 1:50 am

      How’s your golf swing working for you? I have to agree, for most of us hacks…questioning Tiger’s swing is about like saying that we can suddenly become scratch golfers. Really? Interesting that over the years Tiger’s swing has been compared to the likes of Ben Hogan. You do remember Ben Hogan, don’t you? For Tiger to work on his own to develop a consistent swing that doesn’t screw up his back as our swing does for most of us, I think kudos to Tiger for reinventing his swing. But go ahead and continue to live in a world of unreality, oblivious to the obvious. And keep struggling to break 100. How’s that working for you?

  7. stevek

    Dec 16, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    If you vigorously straighten you lead leg at Impact, your head will have to come down to compensate for the extra forces…. simple biomechanical logic.

    • stevek

      Dec 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      …. and if you don’t drop your head down, you will end up with knee joint replacement surgery, aka knee arthroplasty… and Jack has knee prostheses in both hips…. so free up your head m a s s in the downswing or you will become a cripple and needing spinal surgery too.. like Tiger.

      • ogo

        Dec 18, 2018 at 11:07 pm

        “… knee prostheses in both hips…” ????? LOL

    • geohogan

      Dec 16, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      The hips and head counterbalance in the coronal plane.
      When the hips move back away from the target line, the head has to drop down to maintain balance. Its that simple.

      • ogo

        Dec 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm

        I think you mean “sagittal” plane…. 😉

        • geohogan

          Dec 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

          Head and hips counterbalance in the coronal plane.
          EE is a problem in coronal , not sagittal plane.

  8. geohogan

    Dec 16, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    A very generous comment by GOAT.

    However IMO Jack is wrong. Tiger’s best golf swing was 2000/2001.

    In their prime Jack N, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino all had their heads closer to the ground at impact, than at address.

  9. Golfer

    Dec 16, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Jack was perfect about the head position and his game showed it. Grout taught him this for a purpose.

  10. Greb V

    Dec 16, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Jack is right. Rory needs to be more level as well.

    • The Old Pro

      Dec 16, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      I totally agree. Dropping the head a little is fine… the motion is dynamic. However, dropping it 8-12 inches requires ridiculous compensations. Most of those are hard on the body.

      • dbrat

        Dec 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        Cam champs head moves like 15 inches, he seems to be doing just fine.

        • Johnny Penso

          Dec 18, 2018 at 12:17 am

          How many majors has he won and how long has his career been?

          • Skip

            Dec 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

            Idiot comment. Dude just started out, and hasn’t even played a Major as a professional. Just a handful of starts and he’s won a tournament, that’s pretty good in my books. Maybe you should revisit this question in 10 years.

            Never ceases to amuse with these online hackers making judgments on far superior players lol.

          • Marc

            Dec 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm

            Ignorant comment. Dude just started out, and hasn’t even played a Major as a professional. Just a handful of starts and he’s won a tournament, that’s pretty good in my books. Maybe you should revisit this question in 10 years.

            Never ceases to amuse with these online hackers making judgments on far superior players lol.

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