Brandel Chamblee is of the opinion that in seeking perfection Tiger Woods went on a "wild goose chase" (my words).
Brandel writes, “Woods has fallen not because he overanalyzed his swing or because his body has given out (his "misfiring-glutes" WD at Torrey Pines notwithstanding). The reasons for Tiger’s fall, like his rise, are not found in statistics, which so often fail to make a distinction between wood and trees. The reason for Tiger’s fall is his ill-fated mythical quest for perfection.”
Paralysis by analysis
Brandel tells the story of another golfer who lost it albeit not from such a lofty height.
“If his family and friends were right, Guldahl’s demise was a classic case of conscious thought ruining the flow of athletic gifts – what has come to be called paralysis by analysis.”
I do believe it was the late and great Bobby Jones who is credited as the originator of the expression, “paralysis by analysis,”
Wrong! A Google search reveals that in The Ultimate Golf Book by Charles McGrath & David McCormick, “The most intriguing of the swing professors was Ernest Jones, a one-legged English World War 1 veteran whose, “swing the club head,” theory and, “paralysis by analysis,” catchphrase sold thousands of books”
How good was Guldahl?
“In the late 1930s Ralph Guldahl won back-to-back U.S. Opens and in three successive years finished second twice and then won the Masters. If there had been a world ranking system, he would've been at the top. He owned Sam Snead, and beat Byron Nelson by as many as 10 shots en route to winning three majors.”
How come the collapse?
Brandel writes, “In 1939 Guldahl was offered an instruction-book deal. Taking advantage of newly developed high-speed photography, he put together a flip-book sequence of his swing, called “Groove Your Golf."
The story goes that, “Ralph’s wife, Laverne, said, “When he sat down to write that book, that’s when he lost his game.”
Ralph’s over analysis of his swing while creating the book led to, “Shortly thereafter the magic disappeared. His last wins came in 1940, and at age 28 he all but quit the game.”
Here’s the link to Brandel Chamblee
Quote (Tip) of the Day
“Hold the club with only the thumbs and forefingers of each hand and simply surrender to the free swinging club head" – Ernest Jones’ tip on how to get a feel for swinging the club head.