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Old 02-22-2015, 06:09 PM
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There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of years about Tiger's chances of winning another major. I am convinced now that he will never win another event on the PGA tour. Even if he can get focused and healthy, the young talent out there far exceeds his abilities at age 40, and there are more of these phenoms joining the tour each year. Jack will remain the greatest ever for some time to come.

Just my opinion, but I would put money on it.

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Old 02-22-2015, 06:18 PM
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I think you are right. Any athlete that competes as infrequently as he does, even if healthy cannot maintain the physical sharpness and muscle memory that is required to excel.

I think he thought he was invincible earlier in his career and just didn't play enough to stay sharp. And then injuries set in. Now it looks too late for him.

Also, his head got in the way. When he was at his best, he decides he has to change his swing so many times, that he lost his way completely.
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There has been a lot of talk over the last couple of years about Tiger's chances of winning another major. I am convinced now that he will never win another event on the PGA tour. Even if he can get focused and healthy, the young talent out there far exceeds his abilities at age 40, and there are more of these phenoms joining the tour each year. Jack will remain the greatest ever for some time to come.

Just my opinion, but I would put money on it.

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I tend to agree. But Tiger was blessed with such amazing natural talent, that I'm a bit hesitant to write him totally off just yet. I am no fan of Tiger, but I do enjoy watching him compete...hopefully flaming out on Sunday or some such thing!!

I also agree that, with such amazing talent and success, why has he gone through so many swing changes? Big mistake imho.
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Brilliant. Well wired. Well educated. Nice looking. Hot head and narcissistic.

Threw his REAL life away. NEEDS the adoration. Will never come back.
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Brilliant. Well wired. Well educated. Nice looking. Hot head and narcissistic.

Threw his REAL life away. NEEDS the adoration. Will never come back.
Agree 100%. He will never come back.
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Unfortunately, it appears that Tiger has developed the yips in his chipping game. This can be disastrous to ones golf game. I know. It happened to me.

I wasn't at Tiger's level, but it brought me to a point where I didn't want to play any more.

Most people associate the yips with putting, but it can occur in any part of your golf game. In fact it happens to people in other endeavors as well. It is well known to musicians, especially pianists.

There are a lot of solutions for players who get it in their putting game. Cross handed grip, claw grip, long putter and all kinds of other tools have helped players like Bernhard Langer to be successful in spite of putting yips. When you get the yips with your driver or in your chipping game, there are no such "cures".

The condition is technically called focal dystonia and it has been studied by experts for years. In some instances it has been overcome with a lot of hard work and various therapies. In most cases it never is completely cured.

It's pretty ironic that the foremost expert on the yips in golf is Tiger's former teacher, Hank Haney. Hank helped my with my yips about ten years ago with a small amount of success. I was also fortunate to be able to get some help from the noted sports psychologist, Bob Rotella, but even with that, I was never completely cured. I think that the split between Tiger and Hank was a bit acrimonious but I can't say for sure. (Hank never really said anything to me about it, but I got the impression that he wasn't happy. All he ever said was that he was happy to have had the opportunity to have worked with the greatest player in the world and that it increased his income but a huge amount. But I always got the impression that he wasn't very happy about being dismissed, especially after having helped Tiger to win more majors than any other coach.) So I don't know if Tiger can go to him for help or not.

Hank has done numerous studies on the yips and works with a couple of German doctors on learning as much as he can about the condition and possible remedies. Hank himself had the yips with his driver. It was so bad that he couldn't finish a round of golf. If there is anyone that can help Tiger, it's Hank and his staff.

Can Tiger come back from this? In my very humble opinion, it's highly unlikely, but we're talking about Tiger Woods here. Tiger works harder than anyone in the history of the game. He thinks about his golf game and how to improve it 24/7. Tiger has done things that no other human has done I would be impressed, but not totally surprised if he could overcome this. True, he's going to be 40 this year, but in this day and age, players play and continue to win into their fifties. If he can get his body in shape and somehow be cured of the yips who knows what he might accomplish? But, those are two big ifs. With the physical problems he's had and now this, he seems to have two strikes against him.

It's really pretty sad to see. I was thinking that I night see all of Jack Nicklaus' records broken in my lifetime. Tiger even had a shot at Byron nelson's record which I have always maintained is the one record in all of sports that will never be broken.

But whatever happens, it's been a joy and a privilege to have watched this guy play this game.
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I think he'll try to come back and play, but he will never, ever be the same player. I'll go as far to say he'll never be in contention again going into a Sunday. The swing changes (why, oh why?) didn't work and he has too much going on in that 6" space between his ears, his worse distance in golf right now. No one fears him anymore, especially the young guns. Stick a fork in him, he is well done.
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Perhaps the senior tour. Who knows?
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I think he'll try to come back and play, but he will never, ever be the same player. I'll go as far to say he'll never be in contention again going into a Sunday. The swing changes (why, oh why?) didn't work and he has too much going on in that 6" space between his ears, his worse distance in golf right now. No one fears him anymore, especially the young guns. Stick a fork in him, he is well done.
I honestly don't think that swing changes have ever had anything to do with his success, or lack thereof. The strongest part of Tiger's game when he was winning was his short game. He did have tournaments where he struck the ball very well, but he was never a great driver or iron player. He hit it long but was never very accurate. What he did better than anyone else was to get it in the hole. He made miles of putts and got the ball up and down from impossible places. He was statistically, the best chipper and pitcher of the golf ball ever.

I think that your second point is very valid however. His fall began right after the "incident" which led to the divorce. He's won very little since then and has really not contended very often. Good golf, especially at the top level, depends more on confidence than anything else. Tiger had more confidence than anyone as did Jack Nicklaus.

Jack once said, "I know that I can beat my opponent and he knows that I can beat him. He also knows that I know that I can beat him." That means more than the ability to hit it well or make putts. I think that something happened to Tiger's confidence when his wife caught him and he was exposed to the world.
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I honestly don't think that swing changes have ever had anything to do with his success, or lack thereof...he was never a great driver or iron player. He hit it long but was never very accurate...
I agree with much you say...especially regarding his downfall after "the incident". But I very much disagree with the above. Tiger in his prime was long AND accurate. Nobody, including Tiger, wins majors...especially the US Open...playing consistently out of the rough.
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I agree with much you say...especially regarding his downfall after "the incident". But I very much disagree with the above. Tiger in his prime was long AND accurate. Nobody, including Tiger, wins majors...especially the US Open...playing consistently out of the rough.
He certainly had streaks where he hit it extremely well. He ball striking at the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach may have been the best anyone has ever seen. But, overall, he was never in the top statistics in driving accuracy or total driving even though he was he consistently in the top ten in driving distance. Don't forget, he would hit a lot of irons and three woods off the tees in US Opens. Remember how he won the British at Royal Liverpool in 2006? I don't know if he hit a driver all week. As long as he could hit a two iron, he didn't need to hit driver to win those US Opens.

Also, look at the courses where he won his US Opens, Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines and Beth Page Black. Pebble and Torrey are sea side courses where the rough doesn't grow as thick as say a Wing Foot or Medina. Pebble was also very short and Beth Page was not overly long. They were courses where he could hit irons off the tees. At Torrey, he won in a playoff against Rocco Mediate of all people. Now, I love Rocco. He's a very good player and one of the true characters and nice guys in all of sports. But would anyone ever expect him to win a US Open? The course just wasn't set up all that hard.

The other majors reward length over distance. He didn't have to be very accurate to win at Augusta or The PGA or British for the most part. Consider that John Daly won the PGA Championship and the British Open.

The statistic that changed the most when Tiger began to decline was three putt avoidance. He began three putting from long distances. In fact all of his putting stats fell. He wasn't making all the short putts for birdies or pars that he had been making for years. His up and down percentages from various distances fell dramatically as well. Some of his ball striking stats declined, but not as much as his short game stats.
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I grew up a Nicklaus fan, and with respect to golf, I am a Tiger fan. In my opinion the biggest difference in the two is that Jack didn't make golf complicated. He took his physical game and mental toughness to the golf course every tournament and that was good enough to be the best golfer we have seen in our generation, maybe ever. When he needed a bit of polishing, he called on his long time mentor and coach Jack Grout.
As for Tiger, in my opinion, had he followed the same path and trusted his natural talent and mental ability along with his great work ethic, he would have exceeded the accomplishments of Jack. But in his effort to be even greater than what he was, he tore up his body with a fitness regimen unsuited for golf, and filled his head with swing thoughts from variety of sources, some better than others.
Without a doubt Tiger has been good for the game of golf and the professional golfing world. But maybe "has been" is where he is now. I don't know, none of us do. The next few months will be very telling. If he were not Tiger, I would have stuck that proverbial fork in him. I won't do that just yet...but I'm close.
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How quick we are to kick someone to the curb who has done so much to bring the sport to where it is now. If he with his talent had been able to play 20 years before he did he would own every record in the books. He did for golf what Ali did for boxing.
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How quick we are to kick someone to the curb who has done so much to bring the sport to where it is now. If he with his talent had been able to play 20 years before he did he would own every record in the books. He did for golf what Ali did for boxing.

Maybe his swing did, but not his swingin'.
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