The hunger factor
Martin Dempster's article in the Scotsman begins, "Rory McIlroy’s swing leaves Sam Torrance purring" however when it comes to the subject of Tiger Woods it gets really interesting. Or perhaps I should write thought-provoking?
Sam Torrance asks the question is Tiger still sufficiently hungry enough to want to win?
To grow his number of wins in the majors Tiger will have to go through considerable physical and mental pain to accomplish this feat and if there's any truth in the self-help gurus' cliché of, "No pain, no gain" then the Tiger has a tough road ahead him. Not least the mental hurdle of overcoming the chipping yips.
McIlroy: Golf's Maserati
Martin Dempster writes, "Sam Torrance once came close to winning a Rolls-Royce at Dalmahoy. Back paying a visit to the Kirknewton venue before the Scottish Golf Awards, the Largs man hailed Rory McIlroy as the golfing equivalent of the best car in the world."
As to McIlroy's being an excellent model Sam said, “Butch Harmon did an analysis of McIlroy’s swing last year and every point was perfect – address, ball position, takeaway, halfway back, top of the swing, downswing and follow through.”
Sam also had this to say, “I thought Tiger [Woods] in the 90s was just about as good as it gets, while Adam Scott has the same sort of swing and won The Masters, but I think McIlroy has the best swing. Most golfers, they’re either great drivers or great iron players. Greg Norman, for example, was the best driver I ever saw. But McIlroy’s both.”
The Scottish Golf Awards
At this year's Scottish Golf Awards there was a new award named in the memory of Bob Torrance.
I believe it's true to say that in the era of Padraig Harrington's run of winning three Major titles his successes were greatly aided by Bob's influence and teachings.
Bob was big on the importance of linking the top half of the body with the bottom and frequently advised his students, "Golf is from the ground up rather than the head down."
Alas Bob is no longer around to remind Padraig of his philosophy and given that Padraig now has a propensity towards too much head stuff hopefully there's still someone around to remind Padraig of Bob's philosophy.
Here's the link to Martin Dempster
Quote of the Day
"Torrance was a disciple of Ben Hogan, and on several occasions visited Hogan at his home in Texas" - PGA.com