FIVE WAYS TO STEAL TIGER’S POWER
Luther Blacklock explains what you can learn from the key changes Woods has made to his swing.
Tiger Woods is returning to Augusta National for the first time since 2015. Here are some of the key movements built into his new swing that can help you become a more powerful player.
To understand Tiger’s comeback, you have to understand the history. During the decade he worked with Butch Harmon, Tiger had several swing flflaws flaws – a shut face in the takeaway, a bowed left wrist at the top and a rerouting of the club in the downswing that caused his left leg to jump out the way through impact. The volatile transition damaged Woods’ body. Between 2004 and 2010, Hank Haney made wholesale changes to Tiger’s swing that were just disastrous. He taught Tiger to take the club back on the shaft plane then roll and bow the left wrist into the top of the backswing. This move created an array of volatile shots and, in turn, a meltdown in confidence.
While Sean Foley couldn’t undo the damage, Woods found a coach, in Chris Como, who was able to get him to swing in an orthodox way. Como rectified the biomechanical flaws in Tiger’s swing. No longer are we seeing a backswing with a bowed left wrist and the upper left arm lifting and separating from the chest. Tiger’s swing is now more orthodox and in perfect plane – that’s why he’ll remain healthy and competitive. For more information, contact: Lutherblacklock@gmail.com