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Ryder Cup 2012 – Forgotten and Forgettable except for the Lesson given to Tiger

The Ryder Cup 2012 – Forgotten and Forgettable

Who are the 45,000 masochists who want to stand frozen in place (no room to even raise an arm), for a couple of hours, on one of only four fairways, to be able to see a maximum of maybe 16 shots hit from that area!

Especially those masochists who are not a minimum of 6’ 5” tall and can thus at least see clearly over the heads of people standing 10 rows deep all around the limited fairways-in-play

Of course, the ambience of a Ryder Cup is awe-inspiring and the approximately 3500 volunteers make moving crowds into a logistical marvel. The Middle-Eastern-inspired club-house architecture is a sight to behold (huge dome, minarets and the name ‘Medinah’ – albeit pronounced differently!). And the ’mums in all their resplendent Fall glory were everywhere, as were the giant old trees in shades of yellow and red.

However, the 2012 Ryder Cup was forgettable and is, by now, surely forgotten.

The most standing-out factor was how Tiger, once again, was a mess. My personal highlight was getting my picture taken next to ‘him’ and telling him not to be so over-the-top with his right shoulder – he always is, and the MGSS philosophy explains that that is the fault of important body-joints not being in good positions at the top!

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Chasing the Tiger – how he'd benefit from using the MGS!

Chasing the Tiger

Uncommon golfer, common problems. The driver shots going wide to the right and the irons long and low and left.

That’s what one learns from ‘The Big Miss’ by Hank Haney, which truly should be mandatory reading for all wannabe golf instructors as well as wannabe Tiger instructors. Basically his arms would always get ‘stuck’ behind his body, as his body was too quick. That happened because at the top he was too steep and across-the-line with his club shaft and closed with his clubface.

Solutions?

One pro told him to snap his left knee straight to get more distance (I’d surely be sue-ing that pro, because torquing a knee as fast as Tiger does, then getting it into a fully-extended lock-out position with a rapid change of direction is a classic recipe for a torn-ACL). That pro also probably encouraged backswing width, which caused his arms to go too far away from the body during the takeaway.

Another had him practice being laid-off to prevent across-the-line, and then cock the wrists and rotate the forearms at takeaway, to prevent a shut clubface. He was also told that his head hangs back and his body drops down leading upto impact, so he should practice an Annika-like turn-of-head-to-target to prevent that.

Yet another coach, while ‘talking the talk’, and throwing out terms like ‘biomechanics’ strengthened Tiger’s grip and had him lean his shaft towards target. Everyone has seen the long, low misses to the left with the recent swing changes.

The saddest thing about all of these lessons is that all the instructors made Tiger reduce his distance in order to gain direction (which he did not do anyway!). It is a part of any golfer’s mojo to be able to hit the ball as far as possible! A good swing movement must give a golfer maximum distance, straight direction and ideal trajectory.

Bottom line. The golf swing really should not be a case of two negatives making a positive. That is to make a slicer into a hooker and an across-the-liner into a laid-off-er (new English).

Golfers are often told that they get stuck behind because their lower bodies are too quick, and their arms do not catch up in time. Actually, these golfers have all found different compensations to bring their incorrectly positioned joints back to impact correctly! A beginner golfer from similarly mis-placed joints at the top would simply come down in a straight line from the top (ie over-the-top). All compensations occur because the joints are in very opposite positions from where they need to be for correct impact.

A simple example. Where is the right upper body/trunk at address? Where is the right upper body/trunk at impact? Both times lower than the right, correct? (mainly because the right hand is lower on the club’s grip than the left). This means that if the left side/trunk is lower at the top-of-backswing, some phenomenal adjustments must be made to drop the right side down again. The same thing would apply for the shoulders, elbows, wrists and knee! Each misplaced joint needs its own re-routing during the downswing.

With the MGSS full-swing, the bottom-line requirement for Tiger (and others with the same problem) to never get stuck behind is always maintained. In a ‘traditional’ swing the body has to rotate and the arms have to lift, all at the same time, which causes a mix up of the roles of the body and arms. With the MGS, the upper-body is twisted shut at address. Now the left arm simply lifts ‘up’ (this ‘up’ is still always slightly ‘in’ because the left arm moves from the left shoulder, which is twisted ‘closed/shut’). It’s that simple. The ‘in’ of the left arm is just enough to not be ‘out’, and the club never gets stuck behind because the downswing lower-body/upper-body sequence always happens.

Chasing the Tiger – how he’d benefit from using the MGS!

Chasing the Tiger

Uncommon golfer, common problems. The driver shots going wide to the right and the irons long and low and left.

That’s what one learns from ‘The Big Miss’ by Hank Haney, which truly should be mandatory reading for all wannabe golf instructors as well as wannabe Tiger instructors. Basically his arms would always get ‘stuck’ behind his body, as his body was too quick. That happened because at the top he was too steep and across-the-line with his club shaft and closed with his clubface.

Solutions?

One pro told him to snap his left knee straight to get more distance (I’d surely be sue-ing that pro, because torquing a knee as fast as Tiger does, then getting it into a fully-extended lock-out position with a rapid change of direction is a classic recipe for a torn-ACL). That pro also probably encouraged backswing width, which caused his arms to go too far away from the body during the takeaway.

Another had him practice being laid-off to prevent across-the-line, and then cock the wrists and rotate the forearms at takeaway, to prevent a shut clubface. He was also told that his head hangs back and his body drops down leading upto impact, so he should practice an Annika-like turn-of-head-to-target to prevent that.

Yet another coach, while ‘talking the talk’, and throwing out terms like ‘biomechanics’ strengthened Tiger’s grip and had him lean his shaft towards target. Everyone has seen the long, low misses to the left with the recent swing changes.

The saddest thing about all of these lessons is that all the instructors made Tiger reduce his distance in order to gain direction (which he did not do anyway!). It is a part of any golfer’s mojo to be able to hit the ball as far as possible! A good swing movement must give a golfer maximum distance, straight direction and ideal trajectory.

Bottom line. The golf swing really should not be a case of two negatives making a positive. That is to make a slicer into a hooker and an across-the-liner into a laid-off-er (new English).

Golfers are often told that they get stuck behind because their lower bodies are too quick, and their arms do not catch up in time. Actually, these golfers have all found different compensations to bring their incorrectly positioned joints back to impact correctly! A beginner golfer from similarly mis-placed joints at the top would simply come down in a straight line from the top (ie over-the-top). All compensations occur because the joints are in very opposite positions from where they need to be for correct impact.

A simple example. Where is the right upper body/trunk at address? Where is the right upper body/trunk at impact? Both times lower than the right, correct? (mainly because the right hand is lower on the club’s grip than the left). This means that if the left side/trunk is lower at the top-of-backswing, some phenomenal adjustments must be made to drop the right side down again. The same thing would apply for the shoulders, elbows, wrists and knee! Each misplaced joint needs its own re-routing during the downswing.

With the MGSS full-swing, the bottom-line requirement for Tiger (and others with the same problem) to never get stuck behind is always maintained. In a ‘traditional’ swing the body has to rotate and the arms have to lift, all at the same time, which causes a mix up of the roles of the body and arms. With the MGS, the upper-body is twisted shut at address. Now the left arm simply lifts ‘up’ (this ‘up’ is still always slightly ‘in’ because the left arm moves from the left shoulder, which is twisted ‘closed/shut’). It’s that simple. The ‘in’ of the left arm is just enough to not be ‘out’, and the club never gets stuck behind because the downswing lower-body/upper-body sequence always happens.

Tiger Woods, Hank Haney, ‘The Big Miss’ and -naturally – MGSS

Tiger Woods, Hank Haney, ‘The Big Miss’ and – naturally – MGSS

Read Hank Haney’s book ‘The Big Miss’ and could not put it down – not for the relationships of the various protagonists or anything as minor as that, but for the swing changes that Hank made and that he alluded to the coaches before and after him having made.

Was completely horrified at what these best of teachers teach! Basically, long-term band-aids, not cures. See the ‘MGS for Tiger and all Pros’ section of this blog for details and how MGSS would be the making of Tiger.

The goal of my life is to be Tiger’s next golf instructor and he truly needs MGSS. That is even more apparent after getting some insight into his psyche from all the comments ascribed to him in the book. What a waste for such a PHENOM to be compromising on distance to hit the ball straight – and still not always being able to do so!

Tiger Woods, Hank Haney, 'The Big Miss' and -naturally – MGSS

Tiger Woods, Hank Haney, ‘The Big Miss’ and – naturally – MGSS

Read Hank Haney’s book ‘The Big Miss’ and could not put it down – not for the relationships of the various protagonists or anything as minor as that, but for the swing changes that Hank made and that he alluded to the coaches before and after him having made.

Was completely horrified at what these best of teachers teach! Basically, long-term band-aids, not cures. See the ‘MGS for Tiger and all Pros’ section of this blog for details and how MGSS would be the making of Tiger.

The goal of my life is to be Tiger’s next golf instructor and he truly needs MGSS. That is even more apparent after getting some insight into his psyche from all the comments ascribed to him in the book. What a waste for such a PHENOM to be compromising on distance to hit the ball straight – and still not always being able to do so!

Tiger does it AGAIN

The most phenomenal talent in the golfing world does it again! At the May 2012 Wells Fargo event where he misses cut.

It is all the fault of his swing. His top-of-backswing is set to require a MIGHTY MANIPULATION to bring his club back to impact from the inside and at a shallow angle, in order to have straight ball-flight. Can a manipulation repeat itself in a new swing?

Tiger's full-swing May 2012

Have a look at his putting next. From face-on, look how his arms are stuck to his sides, in the follow-through. Imagine guiding a pool-cue or billiards cue with the forearms stuck so close to the body. What happened to a simple back-and-past-the-ball putter movement? Look at his left shoulder rotating inwards. How does that help keep the putter (and therefore the ball) moving straight down the target line?

Tiger Woods at Wells Fargo 2012

Surely putting is a simple case of  ‘club arrives at the ball and departs from the ball in a straight line, ball goes straight’! How about his distance from the ball? Does it not appear that as he is so far away from the ball and thus so bent forward, he has to bend his elbows a lot in order to prevent shoulder tension? If so, no wonder the arms cannot move the club back and through in a simple movement.

Comments anyone?

Tiger Putts at Wells Fargo 2012

Tiger needs MGS. Not only for its simplicity and efficiency but because it does not take years to learn unlike his last 2 swings.

US Masters 2012

With regard to Tiger Woods’ pulled-left drives during round one of the 2012 US Masters….
Tiger Woods US Masters 2012
With this swing, what can one expect?
In simple, non-biomechanical terms, how can the arms and hands (smaller muscles) be expected to swing the club down-the-target-line for a straight shot if the shoulders and hips are practically perpendicular to the target line at impact?
Some small compensatory moves will always be required to keep the club swinging down the target line.
If only WOODS WOULD ….. use MGS!
Tiger would not need the many compensating/re-routing positions he is forced to make with his existing swing!
He would not have a huge up-and-down movement of his body during the downswing, or the contorted-looking impact which only quick, last-minute adjustments of the hands keeps from disaster!
With MGS he would not have a deep tilt (lateral flexion) of his left side which requires a lot of compensation to undo (after all at both address and impact his right side is tilted!)
Also he would not have to have a ‘fake’ lifting up across the chest (adduction) of his left arm to keep it attached to his chest. With MGS it would be a more natural and much softer move! He has so many sharp angles of most of his body parts!
For a more biomechanical, qualitative-kinematic assessment, post a comment!
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