I disagree that this season has been all boring players, but you better start getting used to TW not being around. Beginning of the end, my friend.
Tiger Woods out of Masters Following Surgery for Pinched Nerve - Page 7
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Not only that ... he's going to start using one because:
A) He doesn't want to have to bend over (he's also going to get one of those little suction cups and put it on the butt end of his putter)
B) That's "obviously" how you win the Masters.
Well in that case, it's high time someone did something about this outrageous ruling made by the USGA. How dare they ban Tiger! Don't they know that Tiger IS GOLF!
Funny you should say that because I came back to this thread so I could expand on my "prediction" ...
After he wins the Masters and PGA next year with said long putter, he and Adam Scott (who won the Open Championship) go to Finchem in September saying, basically, it's the only way they can putt. The PGA Tour announces in October that it will go against the USGA and allow long putter users to be "grandfathered" in.
Spot on. If Tiger is still incorporating squats, overhead lifting or dead lifts in his routine which I had heard he was big into the power training in that manner. Although touted the "best" all around training exercise, squats are horrible for the lumbar spine and the often done in poor form. I have to say that anything creating excessive interstitial pressure must be avoided from here on out.
Do we know how he performs his squats though? While I admit it is often the one or two exercises (the other being dead lift) that I see done in poor form (both putting too much pressure on the back and the knees, specifically the patellar tendon), there are "right" ways to do it. Even if we know whether he squats or not, we don't know how much or how, do we?
I like it. The suction cup thingie.
In light of new information, I've decided that anchored putting strokes do not infringe upon the historical intent of skills required to play the game, and would like to reverse my support for the ban. What information? Not important.
Well it is my sincerely held belief, and that is all the evidence I need!
If you watch the exhibition match he played with Rory in October ( where they both got mic'd up ) - he mentions to Rory how bad his back is.
Maybe he ( they ) were unaware of how severe it was
It's possible that last August he had a slightly bulging disc that he (or he and his doctors) believed could be controlled with anti inflammatories, but this spring it was just much worse i.e. he had a full blown herniation. A disc can go from a bulge to being blown out where you have disc matter protruding out much more severely. This image explains it better than I can.
I think he tried to increase muscle mass for some reason. I saw the replay of his win at the Palmer Invitational last year and he either started wearing smaller shirts this year or he packed on quite a bit of muscle. I know that has been discussed before but with this news I am thinking it may have possibly been done in an effort to 'strengthen the area around the injury" which is what was recommended to me when I complained about knee pain. (pure speculation on my part)
His swing is so violent... plus his back has a lot of waffle waitress miles on it. He is good for the game though so I would like to see him come back and be competitive again.
Isn't "bed rest" what caused so many of his other problems? *rim shot*
Seriously, though, this could be No Big Deal or it could be The Beginning of the End. That's just how back injuries work.
His second swing was so insanely violent. This new swing is almost perfect: nice, narrow stance to take pressure off of the busted leg, and he maintains flex in the left leg instead of snapping it straight up. The one thing I would like to see is a different way for him to start his lateral move: he drives his left shoulder down pretty hard, and that's going to put a lot of strain on both the leg and back. Still, the narrower stance should help compensate for that.
I think his new swing is a tremendous improvement over his old swing in terms of his longevity, but I worry that the change came too late.
I'm sure they're coming up with a plan right now. I'll be curious what, if any, swing changes he ends up making.