Originally Posted by Chas
Originally Posted by jbishop15
Listening to Miller about Tiger only hitting cuts is infuriating. For one, he's a professional golfer: he knows how to hit a draw. Two, he's Tiger freaking Woods! I think he knows what he's doing.
I missed that bit - what did Miller say exactly? Later in the day, on TGC, someone (Chambliss?) said that T. was basically only hitting cuts (no draws) and that this is a big part of his current high level of confidence. He has almost completely eliminated the miss to the left (is this true?) and so can deal with certain dangerous situations better than anyone. He certainly wasn't implying that Tiger is incapable of hitting a draw, not to me anyway. Was Miller implying this in your view?
It is clear that Tiger now expects to make putts in the 15-25 ft range, I mean genuinely so. He is disappointed when he misses (usually not by much) in a way that indicates his confidence. I haven't seen this in him since the glory days.
Had Miller been in the booth during Jack's playing days he could have made the same statement. Yes, Jack could hit a draw, but not with the same control that he played a fade, and he just didn't like to play a draw unless he had to.
Tiger is doing the same thing, playing the fade because it's more natural for him, and more importantly, it's working. Of course he can hit a draw, but not with the same kind of consistency as that fade, so he's going to go with what works unless he actually needs to play a draw. Most good players do the same thing - they go with their stock shot unless something else is actually required.