My blog headline of Dec 08 raised the question (Note the question mark) was it possible this is the case? And now we have Tiger’s ex-coach using the “Y” word and suggesting it won’t go away any time soon.
When you’ve had ‘em, you’ve got 'em
Elsewhere on the web they’re quoting a remark made by the late and legendary Henry Longhurst.
Henry almost became suicidal when giving thought to how his game had gone from him and in particular regarding his putting - a major case of the yips. And in later tears (sorry years) said, “But the bitter, inescapable truth remains. Once you’ve had ‘em. You’ve got ‘em”
“Paul Azinger said on Saturday that Tiger Woods' short-game woes could be corrected "in minutes." Hank Haney, one of Woods' former swing coaches, doesn't agree. He says Woods has the yips with his wedge game. “When you have the yips, you have issues,” Haney said. “This isn’t going away."
Paul Azinger as recorded on the Golf Channel.
Now wait a minute Paul do you really think you’re right when the majority of academics (There’s been lots of work done on this subject) and golf experts suggest it ain’t that easy?
Or perhaps you believe you have a quick fix for Tiger’s terrible problem.
We all know, professionals and amateurs alike, that quick fixes only work for so long as you believe in their efficacy. And inevitably result in the use of the “F” word when the fix didn’t solve the “Y” word problem.
“Well, it’s the pattern. I was much deeper, overall, swing-wise… with Sean. Now I’m very shallow. So that, in turn, affects the chipping. I’m not bottoming out in the same spot. It’s a different spot.”
That’s Tiger using words which sound like a cross between Sean Foley and his latest teacher, Chris Como.
Elsewhere Aaron Oberholser says, "I think he (Tiger) needs to get rid of Chris Como. He needs to get rid of all of these biomechanic guys. You don't go to a biomechanic guy when you're the best guy who's ever played the game practically."
Azinger suggests that Tiger is kinda confused which is not surprising given the number of coaches he’s had. And perhaps he should give some thought to where he goes from here.
Azinger says, “Byron Nelson used to say there’s two kinds of players, those that need to know a little and those that need to know it all. Which one do you think’s easier?”
Tiger does appear to be in the, “know it all" category, and maybe it’s time to think less and just do it.
Here’s the link to the Golf Channel
Quote of the Day
“They say "practice makes perfect". Of course, it doesn't. For the vast majority of golfers it merely consolidates imperfection.” – Food for thought from Henry Longhurst. And for all of those folk who suggest that all it requires for Tiger to return to form is more “reps”.