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Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

Posted on: July 18, 2009 6:18 am

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- In the land where you can place bets on anything that moves as it relates to golf, the over-under on the time that elapsed before Tiger Woods' swing coach was ripped should have been set at around 15 hours.

That's how long it took after Woods missed the cut by a shot before the first media analysts began taking shots at Hank Haney, Woods' swing guru.

In a shock that created greater waves than the stiff breeze that dotted the Firth of Clyde with whitecaps, Woods missed the cut when he fell apart in the middle of the second round Friday, spraying a series of tee shots with various clubs into the rough, bunkers and deep hay.

Former Ryder Cup captain Mark James, appearing on the BBC coverage of the 138th British Open on Saturday morning, gave a lengthy opinion on what the world No. 1 was doing incorrectly with his swing and was bluntly asked if it was time for Woods to consider hiring a new coach. Mind you, Woods hasn't won a major in three tries this year, but had not finished outside the top 10 in a stroke-play tournament in exactly two years.

"If I was Tiger, I'd be having serious words with my coach,"' James said. "I'd be disappointed if I had a [swing] plane like that after all the buildup."

James, who captained the 1999 European Ryder team, noted that Woods was dipping his head at impact, then raising it at impact. Woods actually took a divot with one of his tee balls during the fateful mid-round derailment, during which he played a six-hole stretch in 7-over par.

Haney did not accompany Woods to the British Open this week, but the pair spent several days working together at Woods' home course in Orlando preceding the event. 

Category: Golf

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 12:06 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

last comment on this...find the clip on YouTube when Curtis Strange was interviewing a very young Tiger Woods, and Woods made a comment that his goal was to be the best player on tour or the world. You could hear the snarky cynicism in Stranges voice when he sort of laughed at Woods and Strange was a hell of a player.
Point being...Tiger is the sort of player that will not quit until he is physically or mentally unable to compete. His Dad basically brainwashed him (not necessarily a bad thing) into being this savage winner. Is the description over the top? I don't think find any real top athlete, and the one thing that pulls them apart is their absolute quench for winning! A swing coach cannot teach that...but they can help facilitate the end results to a certain degree.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2009 11:58 am

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

agreed donutoly14...also, previously someone questioned how Tiger would do if he had to play for supper or something stupid like that. That was the same type of comment people made when he first turned pro and sponsors gave him exemptions into events, which enabled him to earn enough money to skip tour school. If anyone knows anything about golf, you'd realize that Tiger is a once in a generation player. Perhaps even more rare than that but only time will tell. The guy flat out knows how to win. It has never been so much about his is his drive to win and his ability to focus in the moment. Doesn't hurt he brought the long ball to the game either. That does not mean he will never miss a cut, but even if he does, who cares. He is winning at a 29% rate. His nearest rival is Phil at around 9%.
I would like to see Tiger go back to Harmon but it isn't going to happen, but Tiger will still win until his body and or mind make him stop.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2009 10:32 am

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

Obviously Rob Toxin knows nothing about sports.  Great golfers have always had swing coaches.  To not have the input of someone who is there to help you by observing flaws is stupid.  The greatest tennis players in the world have coaches.  The greatest baseball players consult with swing coaches or pitching coaches.  Shaq had coaches trying to improve his free throw shooting.  Michael Phelps has a coach to go over technique with.  What else can I say?

Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2009 5:29 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

oldwizzzze1 nice post!

One thing you said was hilarious. "Makes me wonder how he would perform if he was playing for his supper or his tour card like 1/2 the men on tour. "Are you kidding me? Nobody that plays on the PGA tour is playing for supper. LOL! Tour cards yes, but supper? That is good stuff man, very funny.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2009 2:46 am

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

This is total crap.  You do not go finger pointing elsewhere when it comes to why you play poorly at the oldest major.  You simply look in the mirror, period.  This is all on Tiger; Hank did not advise him to shoot poorly.  He knows this, and I'm sure he'll get this corrected in time. Remember prior to his injury the type of momentum in 08 Tiger had on his side where he was winning nearly every tournament minus the Masters? Besides Tiger called Hank off to a lighter schedule, and since the return from injury has had another swing change? Like I said earlier in the year, Tiger will be very fortunate to win one major in 09. I just wish the media would quit pissing on him to fail so much.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2009 2:08 am

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

Well rob it seems that "the greatest golfer in history " as you think, doesnt need a swing coach then why has he wasted all that time and money on them since he was in stanford. I'm not going to blame his coaches but it is nice to see him struggle (and act like the spoiled brat he is ) since he has gotten married had kids and not been able to play golf all day and nite like before. Makes me wonder how he would perform if he was playing for his supper or his tour card like 1/2 the men on tour. Lord knows he would have to play alot smarter golf than he does and he would have to be more conserveitive and probably not winning nearly the tournaments.
P.S. enjoy real golf coverage with storylines now that tigger is sulking at home!!!!! 

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 9:33 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

This is the biggest pile of monkey sewage I have ever read. Since when does Tiger freakin' Woods not know how to swing a club. He needs a coach? Why?? Shouldn't he of all people know what he should be doing? He's been the greatest golfer in the history of the game and something is wrong with his swing and suddenly it's his coach's fault he don't know how to swing the club?

How about Tiger just be Tiger and play how Tiger knows how to play?

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 18, 2009 3:54 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

He also needs to play the week before a major so he doesn't lose that competitve edge, and not enough time has passed for his swing to develop serious flaws. That's three times now he's won, taken a week off, and then lost a major. You can bet he is considering that alarming pattern, and I think he will play the week before the PGA to see if that makes a difference.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2009 3:17 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

Tiger needs to apologize to Butch and hire him back!!!!!!!!!!! then he can regain the form he had and be dominate again on tour and win tournaments by 5-10 shots again.......

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: July 18, 2009 2:32 pm

Woods reax: Here comes the sniper fire

His swing has been off plane all year...he dips his head and sometimes looks ike a 10 handicap player. But...he does have three wins this season. Just shows how good he could be if he had a ral coach.

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