Facts of life: Haters gonna hate. Amateur (and professional) golf instructors are going to criticize Tiger Woods’ swing, but TW is just looking for something that doesn’t leave him lying in the fairway in agony.
And when criticizing TW’s current action (*cough* Brandel Chamblee) consider the fact that while Woods looks remarkably fit, he is a 41-year-old man whose back has been carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey over the past three years.
It’s not surprising, then, to hear the GOAT tell ESPN’s Bob Harig the following as he prepares to tee it up at the Dubai Desert Classic: “I swing away from pain.”
Get it? Watch the guy walk or warm up, and you know he’s not going to swing the club like 2000 (or even 2013) Tiger Woods. It’s like asking a sumo wrestler to run a 4.3 40. Not. Going. To. Happen.
“Whether my swing looks classical, rhythmical or it may look unorthodox, I don’t care. As long as I don’t feel that nerve pain again. Anyone in here who has ever had nerve pain in their back or anything in their spine, it’s like hitting your funny bone a thousand times a day; it’s just not fun. And I would much rather not have to go through that again.”
In other words, he just wants to find something that works and doesn’t hurt. Comparing Woods’ current action to his swings of the past, or to the greats of bygone eras, as asshat Chamblee loves to do, is a fruitless exercise. Give the 79-time PGA Tour winner time to cobble together something that works in competition. FFS.