Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 335 - Wed. February 4th, 2015
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- Tom's Featured Tip: Tiger's Yips
- Tour Greens: - Tour Quality Synthetic Greens
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Exercise and Memory
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Keep A Steady Head
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Tiger's Yips

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

It was another painful "Tiger Watch" for me this weekend. I can't stand to see the best player ever chunking chips like a 20 handicapper.

Here's my take on what's happening with his game, specifically his chipping.

First of all, it's apparent to me that his brain is stuck between two different swing techniques.

Sean Foley's method had Tiger set up with more weight feathered onto his front foot, anywhere from 45% rear 55% forward, to some shots with more weight feathered forward - such as chips. This type of weight distribution produces a strike that is more downward than circular at impact. More vertical than horizontal, more Ferris wheel than merry go round.

It's an overall excellent swing method that I personally favor. The downside of that swing for Tiger was a loss of perhaps 3 to 4 mph on his driver swing speed. This is relatively negligible except for the fact that Tiger's ego still wants him to be as long as the young bucks off the tee.

The other negative to the Foley method, which produces a lot of shaft lean at impact on iron swings, was that Tiger wasn't controlling his distance consistently on pitch shots in the hundred yard range.

His chipping, however, was fine.

Chris Como's method has him set up with his weight a little more evenly distributed, probably 50% - 50%, and the weight doesn't get to the front foot as fast, or in the same manner, that it does with Foley's method.

This produces a bit more driver swing speed, and perhaps more consistency on distance control for pitch shots in the 100 yard range, but it's definitely a more risky chipping method.

The reason it's more risky is that it takes more precise hand eye coordination to execute a short swing strike with a more circular and flatter (merry go round) type swing, than a steeper swing angle. The Como swing also requires more timing on the release of forward shaft lean at impact. The Foley method has very little forward shaft angle release at impact - especially on chip shots.

The consistency of the forward shaft position before and at impact is why I think Foley's method is superior for short pitches and chips.

Allow me to qualify that last statement a little more.
  • For a chip shot from a tight lie in a fairway, both methods work as long as the player makes some ball position adjustments for the amount of bounce on his or her club.

  • From a lie in the first cut of rough with the grain growing towards the hole, both methods work.

  • From a lie in deep rough or with the grain lying against your swing (especially Bermuda grass), you need a steeper swing angle.
I think that's where Tiger is making his mistake. He's trying to use Como's method for every situation, and as we all have witnessed he's been terrible from deep lies or lies against the grain.

They say "different strokes for different folks." I also say "different strokes for different situations".

That means that I think Tiger should allow his brain and body to execute the chipping stroke that Foley taught him when the situation warrants - or perhaps for all of his chipping. He needs a more vertical stroke because he is having trouble getting the right amount of forward shaft lean with Como's method on his short game swings. In other words his shaft is getting vertical too soon, and at impact it's producing either a fattie or a thin strike. Como's method is at it's worst with deep lies or lies against the grain. Steepness rules in those situations.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with blending different methods into your game. It's the smart thing to do, as long as you can flip the switch mentally to produce the swing you want to execute. Any pro should be able to pull that off.

I am even seeing Tiger decelerating into his chips now, a sure sign that he has the chipping yips.

Tiger has said that he has hit "thousands" of those chips in practice, which leads me to think that
  • he needs to practice more from deep lies and in Bermuda grass against the grain
  • or perhaps he's exaggerating the amount of practice time he's actually putting in.
For someone who grooves a method like he grooves a method, it's not easy or quick for the brain to jump to a new method under tournament conditions.

I also think he needs to reacquire the "eye of the Tiger". I think the new love in his life, Lindsey Vonn, is trumping his work ethic. Tiger used to be all-in for golf, I'm not so sure that's the case anymore.

Please don't take that the wrong way. I'm not against love, personally I think God's concept of inventing the female gender was a home run.:-)

I'm just saying that it seems to me that as a person that was deprived of the natural process of growing up because he was so ultra focused on golf, Tiger might be affected by emotional swings in his life more than those of us that experienced a normal adolescence. That's a pretty heavy concept, and perhaps I'm thinking way beyond my pay scale, but it's how I feel.

In any event, I hope Tiger gets everything straightened out in his swing and his mind, because I want to hear "the Tiger Roar" again!


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Exercise and Memory


University of British Columbia research found that strength training strengthens our associative memory, the memory that helps us link names to faces.

They also found that aerobic exercise helps to improve episodic memory. Episodic memory refers to the memory of an event or "episode".

They also found that both types of memory increase blood flow to the brain, particularly the hippocampus area of the brain, where memories are stored.

They also found that exercise stimulates growth factors in our brain which can make our brain healthier.

So ... pump some iron to help you remember the name of "old what's his name", and add some cardio to help you remember where you got into trouble on your most difficult golf hole, then don't hit it there again.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Nutrition:  Get Your Daily Essentials

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In fact, all of my blood work is perfect.

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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Keep A Steady Head

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

The key to keeping a steady head for all of your swings is to eliminate lateral movement.

It's fine to rotate your head or to move it downward, but you need to eliminate the lateral motion or swaying of your head at all costs.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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