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During his Hank days, I swung away with futility under the direction of a couple of his head instructors, and I heard things. Hank would put on Instructing the Instructor Schools and tell stories that has relevance here ... he was surprised that Tiger was a nervous player. When he went to the first tee, he was full of nerves. He was perfect on the range and clinics, but the guy had nerves on the course.
Look at Tiger on the course now. Does he look like a zen-ful guy? Laidback? Do you see him complaining a lot about his inability to "get" the speed of the greens? He's had cussing incidents throughout his career. You'd think he'd come to some sort of acceptance of imperfection .
He had a wonderful short game and long iron game under Hank -- Tiger's ability to scramble was phenomenal. He had that scramble ability before Hank.
I remember a quote where Hunter Mahan stated that Tiger was a terrible ball striker before Tiger got to Foley. So the thought comes up, "What did Hank do with Tiger?" But that's in the past.
As to Foley, he has a thankless task. He's got a guy who will be the most prolific PGA Tour Winner when his career is over, and has him when many are hitting their prime - mid to late 30's - and his player has performed, but not to his previous levels.
I criticize him because Tiger hasn't won a major, but he may be doing a masterful job at mechanics. He seems to be knowledgeable of the biomechanics of the swing, and the technology. But no one seems to have settled Tiger down mentally. That head must be a tough one to crack. Many times, a guy in his 30's, like Tiger, the ego is too big to help him mentally. He's got to fall and not blame others. You'd think the Shanksgiving incident would have brought him back to earth mentally. Maybe it did in some ways, but perhaps not on the golf course.
There is something in Tiger that prevents him from achieving his former consistency -- is it age at an age when most guys see the physical skills deteriorating but the mental skills and strength increasing. That mental edge gets them over the top. Could it be that Tiger trusts no one and therefore is difficult to reach?
Don't know. But something is amiss, and it may not be about Foley. Can Foley help him where it's really needed? Not until Tiger allows him inside...