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Tiger posts a new swing video and is “progressing nicely”

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In what No Laying Up aptly called a “middle finger emoji to the world” on Twitter, Tiger Woods posted a video of himself making a full swing on a simulator, seemingly in response to recent reports.

And as the golf fanalysts pointed out, today’s date is visible on the screen. The video, coupled with Bob Harig’s piece quoting Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, seem to put to bed speculation that Woods is effectively a cripple.

Former Fox Sports columnist Robert Lusetich was the source of the seemingly erroneous report, as we indicated in a piece Monday.

Lusetich had tweeted “I’m told #TigerWoods condition worsened. He can’t move well; painful to sit. Sits in car with seat fully reclined. No forseeable return. Sad.”

And as we mentioned in that piece, the Secret Tour Pro had offered similar information over the weekend.

We can only hope that Lusetich, a veteran reporter recently out of a job, was “told” by someone other than STP/someone in Woods’ camp about the deterioration of the golfer’s condition before offering such a report.

When reached for comment on Lusetich/STP’s report, Woods’ agent told ESPN on Monday:

“The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger’s health are ridiculous and absolutely false. It’s reprehensible that every few months someone makes something up and it’s treated like a real story. Tiger continues to work on his rehabilitation and we will have an accurate update at the appropriate time.’

It appears now is that appropriate time, and the 40-year-old golfer is indeed “progressing nicely.”

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  1. ignorance

    Feb 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Dearest person who can speak to Tiger (with any kind of influence),

    1. Thank him for everything he has done for the game, for the fans of the game, for those who enjoyed watch the greatness,…

    2. No sideshows, please.

    Warmest of regards,

  2. Steve Wozeniak PGA

    Feb 27, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Nothing has changed at all, must still be working with Como……

    Big wipe…….good luck Tig……

    http://www.stevewozeniak.com

    • Fahgdat

      Feb 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Oh now the agent and Eldrick Hilton’s publicist team has to say that he’s been hitting drivers? Yeah? Where’s the video? And launch monitor numbers? What, has he been swinging his daughter’s driver?

      When will this media blitz end? Why doesn’t Eldrick Hilton tell his team enough is enough, and speak up for himself? Doesn’t he get this whole output is just wasting his karma? Nobody in the entire world cares until he’s actually playing on the course in a Major tournament.

      • J

        Feb 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

        Actually people DO care based on the response to this article as compared to others that have been posted in recent weeks. And why wouldn’t they provide an update that denounces what some “secret tour pro” with a twitter account publishes without corroborating his “anonymous source?” Like it or not Tiger still moves the needle, he’s AT WORST the second greatest golfer of all time (and in some people’s minds he’s the best) and one of the world’s most recognizable athletes. You expect THE GOLF CHANNEL to not provide an update on one of, if not the most famous golfers? Come on.

  3. Shallowface

    Feb 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    All joking aside, this swing looks the same as when we last saw him, and I think it’s the reason for his back problems.
    He’s so far inside coming down that he has to wrench his back to get through the ball. With a wedge it’s one thing. With a driver it’s another. He looks like someone standing in the front yard trying to hook the ball around the house into the back yard. When he was at his very best in the Butch Harmon days, it didn’t look like that.
    I suggest he go see Harmon. Not Butch. Bill Harmon.
    Many years ago Bill Harmon wrote a multi-piece series in Golf Illustrated on the “In and Over Swing.” Think Sam Snead or Hale Irwin. Two players who had long injury free careers. This is the change Tiger needs to make going forward.

    • Bobby Stevens

      Feb 25, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      how about you just focus on breaking 80 before you start dishing out advice?

      • Shallowface

        Feb 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

        Bobby, you’re only 12. Don’t be ashamed by the fact that you don’t have the knowledge and experience to offer any advice. Stick around. You might learn something.

  4. Shallowface

    Feb 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I think it’s a stunt double.

    Kidding! Kidding! Kidding!

  5. ooffa

    Feb 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Let this be a lesson to you youngsters out there. This is what years of steroid abuse does to your swing.

    • Fahgdat

      Feb 25, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Ding ding ding! Correct!

      • MarkB A

        Feb 25, 2016 at 1:38 pm

        Tiger should just man up and take a few Tylenol. Jack played with a bad hip for a decade. No steroids for Jack either.

    • J

      Feb 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Let this be a lesson to you youngsters out there…this is your brain on drugs if you think that’s what a steroid abuser looks like.

      • Dr Troy

        Feb 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

        Agreed J……How many times are uneducated golfwrxer’s going to think someone like Tiger was ever on anabolic steroids. So laughable.

        • mihail

          Feb 29, 2016 at 1:27 am

          Yeahhh, laughable, wait wait, remember Lance Armstrong? That s what he said too, isn’t it?

  6. Large chris

    Feb 25, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I’d like him to be fit and pain free for a start, but that swing vid tells us nothing at all – is he aiming right or is he standing closed (with a wedge….) Is he on a pressure plate, if so why…. Why is he looking at the tv when the screen doesn’t change….. Why are there no other balls on the floor…. Even on my home setup I put soft flooring down to stop the ball bouncing around cos it’s very annoying….

  7. jakeanderson

    Feb 25, 2016 at 5:21 am

    the swing and especially the finish look very amateurish. i swing a lot better.

    • Clemson Sucks

      Feb 25, 2016 at 9:58 am

      When can we expect to see you on tour?

      • jakeanderson

        Feb 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        this week at the honda. wish me luck!

  8. Mat

    Feb 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

    I want that sim bay.

  9. ooffa

    Feb 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Meh, Not gonna play competitive golf again. Oh well, he had a nice run.

  10. Pondy

    Feb 24, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    He’s T O A S T

  11. Lyle

    Feb 24, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I liike this motion too. It does seem to resemble his amateur swing but just a touch shorter. I hope he can play within his current bodies ability. If Zach Johnson, Mike Weir, and guys like that can win Majors, there is no reason Tiger can’t swing under control, approach his strategy a bit differsnt , and be a force to be reckoned with. He just needs to get in contention with some consistency and the game will be ultra exciting to watch. He’ll be the underdog and that will be another exciting possibility that should free him up.

  12. Troy

    Feb 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    The swing looks good, smooth takeaway and nice and balanced at the top.

    Just shows you have to be careful what you read in the media, so much false information. You need to hear the truth straight from the person themselves.

  13. Chuck

    Feb 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    It’s an interesting way to rebut rumors. Bu what about a straight-up interview with somebody?

    It really isn’t about just one incident, with Steiney and Tiger. It’s years and years of terrible if not duplicitous press relations.

    Jack Nicklaus never played such games with the press. And Jack went through a couple of near-catastrophic financial disasters.

    Ben Hogan suffered a physical cataclysm worse than anything Tiger has seen, and he never engaged in such weirdness with the press.

  14. Clemson Sucks

    Feb 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Take that Dan Patrick!!!

  15. Steve

    Feb 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Yeah thats my mmm,haaa, go tiger. Nice little 70 mph swing, lets the 112 driver swing

  16. Beggroll

    Feb 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Is he activating his glutes properly????

    • jeff

      Feb 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      If you knew anything about the golf swing and the dynamic difference between butch haney foley and cuomo technique you would understand the whole glutes comment. it actually makes perfect sense.

      • K

        Feb 25, 2016 at 1:56 am

        Ya, but is he doing it properly??

        • Fahgdat

          Feb 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

          He has no gluten left, since he dropped his muscle mass from no longer taking roids

  17. aJerry

    Feb 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Hope Tiger can find a smooth tempo to play with…hardest thing will be to kill off that sudden burst at the ball with hips firing a million miles an hour….Tiger needs to get a more smooth constant tempo like, hate to say it, John Daly or better still Ernie Ells.

  18. NickNak

    Feb 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Hope he finds a way to ENJOY golf, from enjoyment comes good things.

    Never mind the media or other parties which add all kinds of pressures and expectations.

    Go Tiger!

  19. Cris

    Feb 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I’m just glad that he’s healthy and can live a normal life. If he can return to playing golf and competing, well, that’s just icing on the cake. I just can’t understand why so many people can be so evil as to wish a fellow human being so much ill. Baffles me, really, but I still believe in humanity.

  20. Fahgdat

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  21. mlecuni

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Go Tiger !

  22. Regis

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I wish Tiger the best but he has had a PR machine in play for several years that has made releases about him unreliable. This video looks good but he’s swinging a wedge indoors and this is a far cry from walking and playing tournament golf. Why not just give us a somewhat honest explanation about his current condition and what his team feels is a reasonable expectation for him returning to a regular practice regimen.

  23. Mike Michealson

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I heard he threw his back out banging out Brandel’s wife

    • Fahgdat

      Feb 24, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Now that’s not very nice, is it? But funny as alllhell!

  24. Christestrogen

    Feb 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    According to the forums he is in a wheelchair…

  25. Nolanski

    Feb 24, 2016 at 11:32 am

    TIGERRRRR!

  26. Perez H

    Feb 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Clearly Lusetich is in on it, duh, to help drum up noise for the lonely Eldrick Hilton who seeks attention all the time.

  27. Dr Troy

    Feb 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

    If after all these years, anyone bets against this guy…You’re just naive.

    • setter02

      Feb 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      I’m pretty sure anyone that has bet on him not winning a Major, oh the past 7+ or so years has done pretty well… The game is in a really good place with the top players in it currently, so if Tiger is actually going to get back to the top, he’s got a bigger mountain to climb than ever before, all with a broken body and mind.

      • Christestrogen

        Feb 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm

        FYI, just over 2 years ago he won 5 times including a players…

      • Dr Troy

        Feb 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        Betting against him winning a major, yes, but I didn’t say that. Yes, he has a mountain to climb, you’re right, just saying…I’ve learned to not bet against him doing anything on the golf course again…Glad to see he’s swinging a club and not in traction or a wheelchair.

  28. NICODYWILL

    Feb 24, 2016 at 10:53 am

    WELL…. This is awkward lol

  29. Tyler

    Feb 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Looks nice.

    Is it me or is he bringing it inside a little too much?

    • Jam

      Feb 24, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I actually like it because it’s more like his first swing and not so flat/rounded at the top. The club gets more vertical, and it looks like he could hit a draw no problem in this video. Granted it’s a short iron, and who knows if he’ll have that mega block move with the driver.

    • Sydney

      Feb 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      I’d rather wait for Chamblee to make a professional statement regarding this swing before any further ignorant comments are posted here or elsewhere

    • Tin Cup

      Feb 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      look at his feet relative to the camera angle and look at where the ball ends up (real ball not the simulated one). He is aimed right compared to the camera angle which makes the backswing look “too inside”

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