Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News
 Golf International

Tiger trapped in a snare of his own making

There is something perversely satisfying about watching Tiger Woods wrestle with his recalcitrant swing, a warming reassurance that, when all is said and done, the game of golf always wins in the end; that no matter how talented an individual you may be, ultimately the integrity of the discipline itself is always dormie up.

Yep, even on Tiger.

Every golfer who ever picked up a club can relate to the way the former world No.1 has found himself entertaining doubt, battling the ‘inner voices’ of dissent, the stream of niggling chatter you and I know only too well can only lead to the sabotage of a free-flowing technique: “It’s a work in progress, you know, we’re getting there...” chime the relentless sound-bites as one tight-lipped media obligation follows another. But the thing is, Tiger, you’ve already been there. So you really ought to know where there is; Sean Foley hasn’t. And (as talented a teacher as he is) maybe he doesn’t.

Leaving aside the attendant perils of over-coaching, Tiger’s problems, of course, lie chiefly between the ears. No amount of tinkering with the physical part of the equation can solder the damage visited upon the once all-powerful mainframe that is his fractured mind. As Sir Nick Faldo observes in a frank and sometimes brutal analysis within Planet Golf, the biggest problem facing Tiger as he bids to regain even a semblance of the game he once owned is that his clarity of focus and concentration has been shattered.

“The thing I see [in Tiger] now is that the 100% self belief is gone. It is flawed,” says Faldo, since 2007 the lead analyst for CBS television in America, with a reputation for straight talking. “Tiger is damaged in that respect. He does not have clarity of thinking and can no longer face up to the shots the way he did. Where once he would stare his shots down, almost willing the ball to its destination, now he hits shots you just can’t believe. He’s fallible. That aura is gone.”

Can he ever get back to his best? On the basis of what we have seen of late, you'd have to seriously doubt it. Gouging out thick divots with his irons and squirting the odd drive sideways does not bode well for anyone (least of all Foley), but in the greater scheme of things a fixation with Tiger’s on-going rehabilitation misses the fairway entirely: on every tour and at every level, professional golf has shifted up a gear in his absence, the irony of it all being that a 36-year-old Tiger Woods now finds himself in danger of being hoist by his own petard. Inspired by the brilliance of a man who more than any other player in the modern era changed the complexion of the game, the fearless vanguard of golf’s new generation will only raise that bar further – and quite possibly beyond even his reach.

Enjoy the issue.

November 2011

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine


Golf International App

Rickie Fowler, Puma & Arnie Army to honor Arnold Palmer

Sketchers unveil 2018 GO GOLF collection

Mickelson brings Major appeal to Scotland

Reed aiming to master Gullane as he returns to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Fitzpatrick joins PGA TOUR as Special Temporary Member

Phil Mickelson apologizes for US Open conduct

Aussie Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

In-form Fleetwood eyes glory in Germany

Fleetwood ready to carry momentum into Scottish Open

More news

BMW International Open R3: Six-way tie for lead in Germany

Travelers Championship R3: Paul Casey takes Travelers lead with stunning round

American Family Insurance Championship R2: Stricker slips back as Toledo takes lead

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings

LET & partnering to promote best championship courses

Swedes in search of major success at Jabra Ladies Open

IK Kim & Catriona Matthew will return to Royal Lytham

Laura Davies first woman to compete in Staysure Tour event

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R2: Minjee Lee & Nasa Hataoka sharing top spot in Arkansas

More news

© 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us