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How does Tiger change his swing ?

Tiger Woods knows how to  improve and change his swing. Do you?

If you go to the range and hit balls with your regular swing speed and expect to change, because you are thinking about a new movement your coach wants to incorporate into your swing, you will be disappointed at the results. It will not happen.

Why?

 Because to make any progress in swing changes you must reduce your speed of the movement , so you can start to be aware of what you are doing and you can start to see what you are doing and feel what you are doing.This is critical to making any change, you have to do the new movement slowly and precisely so you know it is correct, then with lots of repetitions your brain  can start to  develop the new pathways of your movement patterns so it can become an unconscious automatic movement, which is exactly what you want when out on the course.

You hear Tiger saying all the time “I need to get some good reps going and that takes time”

Why not learn from the best players.

1.  Be realistic, it takes time to change. Allow 100 reps before any change even begins to feel comfortable.

2.  Swing slowly, in slow precise movements, and monitor what you are really doing.

3. Do as many slow motion, and correct repetitions as possible before you add any speed.

4. Be patient, it will work.

5. You have found the key to  long term improvment and eliminated frustration!

 

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Tigers Missing Link is it Lindsey?

Has Tigers improved form, two wins this season so far on the PGA tour had anything to do with his private life being more settled?

Tiger just announced yesterday he has a new woman in his life, Lindsey Vonn, a blonde twenty eight year old, pin up girl of the skiing world, she is a downhill skier, she skied for the USA in the Olympics and competes in the World championships and World Cup downhills and has a great record.

She recently had a very bad skiing accident damaging her knee & Tiger sent his private jet to pick her up after the accident, this was the first news of them together.

Tiger has certainly played much better, his short game and putting have been back to his old standard, he still has lapses with the driver, but he is putting together rounds more consistently, and as a build up to the Masters, he must be happy with his current form.

Also he must be really happy with the form of Lindsey Vonn!

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It is probably a good idea to make it all public now and end speculation before the first major comes round.

It will be another interesting story to follow as the season unfolds.

Tiger has the world no 1 in his sights due to Rory Mcilroys poor start to the season and he could be back at the no 1 ranking in the next week or two, especially if he wins his eighth title at Bay Hill this week, an incredible performance.

We will see how much his personal life has influenced his golf and if it helps him get back on course to win more majors, so far 14, and get closer to Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.

 

Happy Golfing,

 

David

 

 

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Tiger leaves Haney, sorry I mean Haney leaves Tiger?

Well all the talk of the past few months in the teaching community has just come true, Hank Haney is no longer Tigers swing coach.

I had heard that Tiger was going to leave Haney, but although the news has a different twist, a reversal of what we thought would happen, the end result is the same.

With all the upheaval in the last several months regarding Tiger, and even though he has not played or practiced that much at all, we all realised that the way Tiger was swinging the club it was not going well.

His last round at the Masters was amazing, he was all over the course, but his recovery powers were truly incredible,  he turned a probable 77 into a 69, his desire kept him up there.

But you cannot keep fighting your swing every round, you might get away with it a few times, but at the level of the PGA tour you will come up short.

He has gone from winning the US OPEN by 15 shots in 2000 and holding all four majors in one year, to fighting his swing and digging deep to finish in the top four.

Let me say that Tiger won several majors with Hank Haney, as he did with Butch Harmon, but sometimes a particular pattern of swing suits you more, and Tiger is so talented he can make almost anything work and be successful!

I believe he has his next swing coach in the wings, his name is Sean Foley, he is Canadian, works with Sean O`Hair, Hunter Mahan, and just recently our own Justin Rose has joined up. Tiger could work with anyone and be really good, we all know that, he must know by now what swing works best for him, he needs to clear his mind and refocus on getting HIS best swing back, not trying to model a way of swinging onto him.

What I see is Tiger fighting the swing, losing more distance, playing a lot of fades, in order to keep his ball in play, that is not the Tiger we saw earlier in his career, he was free flowing, attacking, I believe he is the greatest golfer in the history of the game, even though he is behind Nicklaus in the majors, he has played the most amazing golf shots throughout his career, shots that other players can only dream of, plus he has an incredible will to win, amazing fitness levels, an intimidation factor that was there for all to see, and if you were in the last group with Tiger you were going to lose! That is not the case right now.

I look on with great interest, to see what is going to happen next, I really hope we see Tiger back to his supreme best, there is a lot of work to do, with his divorce, his fitness, his swing, there are a lot of things against him, most of which he brought on himself,   but if anyone can do it he can, and if he does it will be a lot of fun to watch. Tiger we want you back to your best, we want the REAL TIGER back.

TIGER back as World no1!

Well Tiger Woods has made the comeback from world no 54 to world no1,

he has his third win on the PGA tour this season and it was a back to back wins

& his eighth win at Bay Hill, Arnold Palmers tournament, the records just keep on growing!

Tiger has been world no1 for 77% of the time since he turned professional in 1996!

With Rory Mcilroy not as yet finding his form this season, he has lost the top spot, but maybe that will take a bit of pressure of him and start to get back to his best.

The US Masters is here in a couple of weeks and they will resume there rivalry, I can feel the golfing world anticipating the battle ahead, because everyone wants to see these players at their best at the top of the leader board come Sunday.

I will be watching as always and for me its the best Major of the year, because of the course and the drama it provides

every year.

 

 

 

I have put this video together to give you a taste of the expectation, enjoy!

 

Happy Golfing.

 

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Tiger chasing down all-time Greats!

Tiger Woods won his third PGA TOUR event this season on Sunday at the AT&T at Congressional Golf Course, more wins this year than any other player, and his third win in the last seven starts!!!

Is he back?

Untill he wins a Major I guess most of his critics will say not yet, but the more he keeps winning tour events he must start picking up major wins like he did in the past very soon, he has two more opportunities this season, the Open & the USPGA to do so.

It is interesting to compare the all time winners on the US PGA TOUR as seen here.  

Sam Snead compiled his 82 wins over a 29 year career

Tiger Woods 74 career  wins so far have taken 16 years.

Jack Nicklaus 73 career wins took 24 years

Ben Hogan 64 career wins took 21 years but of course the war years and his car crash restricted his playing career.

Arnold Palmer 62 career wins took 18 years.

So just comparing Tiger to Jack, Tiger has taken 8 years less than Jack to amass 74 victories, very impressive, Tiger is 36 yrs old and Jack was 46 when he won his last major the 1986 US Masters.

How long will Tiger keep  playing, that is hard to predict of course, but I guess he will keep going as long as he can untill he breaks the Nicklaus major record of 18.

If Tiger plays till age 46 as Jack, he has ten more years and forty more major tournaments to achieve that dream of winning 5 more. Also Tiger has won 14 majors since 1996 but has not won a major since US Open 2008 when he was suffering with damage to his knee and won a play off against Rocco Mediate, he has been in twelve play offs and lost one in 1998 so far during his career. 

I personally believe he will not play as long as Jack Nicklaus did, I do believe he will surpass Sam Snead on the all time PGA Tour wins, if he wins three more a season it will take him three more years to do so and he is not finished  yet with the 2012 season. After Tiger had his first win of the season at Bay Hill in March I said he would win 5 times this year and I stand by that, it could even be more!  

So its interesting to look back to Pebble Beach in February when Mickleson beat Tiger badly in a head to head and many commentators criticised Tiger saying he would not win again. Since then Mickleson has not won a tournament. Who would believe that !   

So how many Majors will Tiger win before he puts his clubs away?

 

 

 

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US Open Merion Hogan and the rest.

Hogan swing sequence driverWell a US Open is nearly here, and its at the famous Merion golf club in Pennsylvania this year.

An iconic image in golf is the golfing legend Ben Hogan hitting a 1 iron into the 18th green at Merion in 1950 to make a par and get into a  three man 18 hole play off with Lloyd Mangrum & Tom Fazio.

In those days you played thirty six holes on the last day & Ben Hogan had only eighteen months earlier survived a terrible car crash that nearly killed him, so he played thirty six holes, then had to play another eighteen on legs that were weakened and fatigued, yet he went on to win that US.Open!

He then won the 1951 and 1953 US.Opens as well as the 1948 US Open.

Hence the Ben Hogan legend and Hollywood made a movie about his life called Follow the Sun.

Tiger Woods is the same age as Ben Hogan when Hogan won in 1950, Hogan won six more of his nine majors after this win, will Tiger get the win which will catapult him to more majors?

If Tiger does win win it will be his fourth US Open, tying him with Hogan, Nicklaus, Jones, and Willie Anderson.

The first two rounds pair up Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy and Adam Scott, world number one , two and three, and it should be a great battle to see who comes out on top, as these three players are probably the best to watch.

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Happy Golfing!

 

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2013 European Tour heads for the desert in Abu Dhabi.

The European Tour is in Abu Dhabi this week with the world no1 Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods leading the list of top golfers taking part. I will be there!

This week throws up many interesting talking points, how will Rory play with his new Nike clubs & will the weight of his huge contract in the bag weigh him down. Will he continue where he left of last year, or will it take time to get comfortable with the new equipment. Can he win it this year?

How will Tiger start his 2013 season, will he raise his game to the level he was before or is that era of Tigers career over for good, this should give us an indication of where he is with his golf game.

I believe Tiger will never perform at that level again, can anyone perform at that level and dominate golf like he did? No!

For me too much has happened, too much baggage, before he had the aura of invincibility, when he was in the lead he won, now players see he is very beatable, his aura has gone , his performance level of before has dropped a few notches, the young power players are coming and they are winning when he plays.

Let me add the Tiger we see now is a superb player, and you cannot expect him to play at the level he was throughout his whole career, winning wise he is in a big dip, last year he came back to winning tournaments, but no majors again, so with any top athlete the longer they go without winning the big ones, it will only get harder. If he does not  win a Major this season, I believe his major tally will stay at fourteen.

Tigers goal is to win & especially win the Majors, so this is a great warm up for him to test his game before playing his first event on the US Tour at Torrey Pines.

Justin Rose & Jason Dufner are also playing this week, so is Ernie Els, its a very strong field and while everyone is talking about Rory & Tiger think back to last years champion Robert Rock,, who saw that win coming!

Then we have Paul McGinley the new Ryder Cup captain for 2014 being announced in Abu Dhabi, a very good appointment, the players wanted him and he will go up against US  captain Tom Watson,

I wish him and the team every success in 2014 at Gleneagles.

I will keep you informed of events while I am at  the HSBC tour event in Abu Dhabi

If you cannot be there watch on Sky Sports golf!

 

 

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Following Rory and Tiger to Tucson!

Back on the trail of world no 1 Rory McIlroy and world no 2 Tiger Woods, I am in Tucson Arizona for the WGC Accenture Matchplay at Dove Mountain.

It will be good to see how Rory is adapting to his new Nike equipment at first hand .

He hasn’t played tournament golf for four weeks so has been practicing hard getting familiar with, ball, driver, irons, well everything really!

I will be getting on the course and range watching and taking videos of the top 64 players in the world, and will be posting the swings on my golf channel David Bown PGA on Youtube soon.

The format is, no 1 plays no 64, no 2 plays no 63 etc over 18 holes and should bring up some interesting match ups, and I would expect many surprises over 18 holes matchplay.

Will keep you posted from Tucson!

Happy golfing,

 

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What can you learn from the U.S Masters

There was a lesson to be  learnt  from watching the best players at the US Masters last week.

Once again the critical area is the short game , we all know it is important and so it proved again on the last day, if you can get down in two when you miss a green, you can score, saving strokes not wasting them. It is so important, it keeps you confident, because you are still maintaining your score, it will help you  relax more on your second shots as well. 

Tiger Woods ball striking gradually got worse each round, more wayward shots appeared, but his amazing ability to see the shot and shape the ball, and not give up, kept him in touch with the leaders. He shot 69 in the last round and was all over the course, anyone else would have probably scored in the mid seventies.

So if your looking to lower your scores and become a more consistent player, you must work on your bunker shots, your chipping and putting.

We all know this but how many golfers actually practice their short game, they would rather hit the driver!

So spend  at least 60% of your  practice time improving your short game, it really will be worth it and watch your scores come down.

With the Masters in mind here comes Tiger!

Tiger, Foley & FaldoTiger getting ready to play

Tiger wins his first PGA tour event since 2009, and what a great performance it  was.

 He wins Bayhill by five strokes and it was his seventh win at  the Bayhill tournament and 72nd tour victory, one behind Nicklaus, and is know up to sixth in the world rankings.

He is ten wins behind all time PGA tour winner Sam Snead.

All time PGA tour winners. Snead 82  Nicklaus 73  Woods 72  Hogan 64

 It has been well chronicled all the problems he has  gone through and I am not going to go over these again, but it was very entertaining watching Tiger, McDowell, Els, Poulter, all in with a chance of winning on the sunday at Bayhill.

Tigers performance was very impressive, his driving is so much better, he is now in position more often to attack the pins, and crucially he has so much more confidence in his ability to hit fairways,he is also hitting the ball further than he was a few years ago, mainly due to feeling healthy and able to practice more often and for longer.

I was amazed how many so called golfing  experts were so quick to dismiss Tiger Woods as a winner of tournaments and majors. Only a few weeks ago at Pebble Beach when he played the last round with Phil Mickleson, who played incredibly well and won, experts were saying he has lost his putting, his wedges were poor, he had no control of his distances, mentally he was scarred, he should get his money back from Sean Foley!

WOW!

How well is Phil Mickleson playing over the last few events!

At Pebble Beach Phil played great, Tiger played poorly, end of story, its not a determining factor about their future career is it ?

Sean Foley has had Hunter Mahan win, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods win in the last few weeks, he must be due some credit.

How many people were so quick off the mark to dismiss possibly the greatest golfer ever, yes that is debatable I know, Nicklaus has won 18 majors Tiger 14, but Tiger is way ahead of every other player apart from Jack Nicklaus in the hunt for Majors, ahead of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Watson, Player, Palmer, etc.

Its like well now we know what Tiger is really like, and when he plays poorly  its slag him off time, which I believe is wrong.

We should respect the golfing achievements of Tiger Woods, which are amazing, 72 tour wins now,14 Major wins, how many more majors who knows, I don’t, and neither does Tiger Woods. 

You do not get to this level of performance by being a regular guy, you have supreme talent of course, you have a burning desire to push yourself, to win, you love the competition, you play better under the pressure, you want to be the best ever, you believe you are, you must believe that, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that level of performance you desire, you push yourself in the gym, of course you do , but you have just spent your whole life pushing yourself, striving to get to that place you hold in your mind, your dream, your goal.

And then everyone wants you to be a regular guy, who is perfect in every situation, in front of the camera, in the press, Mr Perfect in every way.

Dream on!   We did believe didn’t we, that here was a perfect person on and off the golf course, the PR dream, then everything changed.

But when all is said and done, for me golf is a better place with having a legend which isTiger Woods playing great golf, with all the up and coming young lions chasing him hard, and with the US Masters coming soon we should be in for one hell of a tournament.Golf tournaments are always better when the Tiger is playing his best, and you know what, I am sure the players want to test themselves against the very very best .

Enjoy the 2012 US Masters, the first major of the year, it could be very special!

 

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