Hear the tiger roar
Where were you at 1am on Monday 22 July or 5am on Monday 13 August?
If you're anything like me (and based in Australia), your alarm was going off and you were soon glued to the TV watching Tiger Woods battling it out with Francesco Molinari and Brooks Koepka at the British Open and USPGA Majors.
Even though Tiger did not come out on top, he demonstrated that he still has the ability to compete with the best in the world. He also seems to have shrugged of all past injuries, as well as personal demons.
More importantly, the golfing world seems to have come together to support Tiger. We are certainly all watching and hoping to see him in the winners circle again, and challenging for more Majors.
Tiger Woods' Injury timeline
It is nothing short of a miracle that Tiger is playing the way he is at the moment. Just look at the image below that outlines what he has been through.
A major injury that is absent from this was his latest spinal fusion surgery. I discussed this procedure with a number of specialists at the time and the verdict was the same - there was no way Tiger would be able to hit the ball like he used to.
Fast forward and his driving average is 304.7 yards - 34th on the PGA Tour.
Over the course of his career, Tiger has made numerous swing changes due to the demands of his very athletic golf swing and ever-evolving body.
Since his early golf days, his basic fundamentals have been exemplary.
Unfortunately, the aggressive nature of his game has lead to common golfing injuries and his swing has had to adapt to his body.
How long does it take for a swing to change?
Every time Tiger (or any Golf Pro or Elite Amateur) makes a swing change, it takes an average of three months for those changes to take place. Also note that top players are hitting way more golf balls and training more regularly than any of us out there.
Here’s a look at Woods’ daily regimen from the early 2000's:
Run four miles in the morning
Lift weights at the gym
Hit balls for 2-3 hours on the range
Play a round of golf
Work on short game
Run another four miles
Play basketball or tennis
No time to practise?
The lesson here is that, after a coaching session and having a couple of things explained to you, you will not automatically get better.
Concepts need to sink in, habits and patterns have to change and processes need to be stuck to.
Granted, none of us have the same amount of time on our hands as Tiger Woods, but there is a lot we can do away from the golf course or driving range to set changes in place.
We can work in front of a mirror on posture, grip a club in the living room whilst watching TV or just do more drills when going to the range.
Know your body
As far as injuries go, many of us have our own physical ailments or restrictions. And although they might not be as severe as Tiger's, they will limit us in some way or the other.
Book in for a TPI Body Screening with MODERN GOLF and learn what your body is capable of doing. From a series of simple physical tests, we'll discover your most efficient swing yet.
There is no doubt that Tiger Woods is responsible for getting golf to where it is today. And while I don’t condone his actions with regards to his personal life, he is still a massive figure in the game.
It is just great to see him competing and getting us all excited about golf again!