Originally Posted by franky21
Is it me or does Brandel always have something negative to say about Tiger even when he plays well which hasnt happend often as of late. It just upsets me because i mean the guy is struggling but you cant take away what he has done and to think he is done is ridiculous.
I read a lot of the 6 pages of comments here and thought I would add my 2 cents to your original comment. I don't think Brandel is a Tiger hater or doesn't give Tiger credit for what he has done. I think what I heard him say was correct and was his honest opinion. Just think about all the things Tiger is trying to deal with right now, just the things we know of. You can't have such a public fall from grace and lose your family without it leaving an impact on your mind and heart. Tiger needs to come to peace with his off the course failures and his present situation before he can ever be great again. Even we Bogie golfers know the game is a lot between the ears. Next it is clear he is not physically able to play right now at a level we all would like to see him return to. I don't think he ever will either until he reduces his upper body bulk (like Barndel said). If you have ever had a serious knee injury, or just got old with arthritis like me, one of the best things you can do to relieve the pain and reduce the possibility of injury, is to lose unneeded weight. Brandel is correct, the golf club weighs 11 oz., you don't need to be able to press 300 lbs to swing it so why should Tiger have bulked up to 195 pounds (against his doctors advice I understand). He can't hit the ball any further today than when he was an amateur at 155 pounds. Bulking up might make sense for the NFL but not for the PGA and certainly not for Tiger with his knee problems.
I don't think anyone questions that Tiger was for 10 or so years the world's best golfer by a significant margin. His record speaks for itself. But to my way of thinking Brandel is correct that Tiger needs to take some time off and get his head, heart, body and swing back in shape. He probably can't really fix any of those things while playing in competition and in the limelight of the media and guys like us. Sometimes you just have to go off in the desert and get back in touch with yourself and what you think is important to you, that is where I think Tiger is in his life. He needs to take some time off and get straight with himself. I hope he does.
You know sometimes the people that care about you are the only ones that will tell you the truth (at least the truth as they see it), even when they know you don't want to hear it. I believe Bradel was giving Tiger what was his best assessment of the present state of Tiger's situation. Anyway I'm looking forward to his article on the subject (if indeed that post was Brandel).