The Art Stricklin & Brady Riggs headline reads, “Lee Trevino: Tiger Woods' Coach Called Me for Chipping Advice,” and what follows is an insight into two very different approaches.
Dig versus bounce
By clicking here you’ll see photographs which graphically explain the following analysis by Messrs Stricklin and Riggs.
“When you look at the release patterns of Tiger and Trevino hitting chip shots in their primes you will see some stark differences. Trevino believed the left wrist remained flat throughout the stroke, keeping a straight line between the left arm and clubshaft. When you look at Tiger, his left wrist and left arm were much softer and he allowed the clubhead to pass through impact and into the finish. Trevino's technique created a more descending blow with the leading edge digging into the turf. Conversely, Tiger was able to utilize the bounce of the club to create higher and softer pitch shots that were more effective when hitting into greens as firm and fast as Augusta National.”
The unstoppable Tiger
According to the correspondents and in respect of Tiger’s previous excellent chipping prowess, it’s a simple equation- “Tiger in his prime: Swagger + using the bounce = unstoppable”.
Given, “the ball comes out lower and hotter with Trevino’s technique, just the opposite of what is needed to execute the treacherous shots around the greens at Augusta National,” then I’m not so sure Merry Mex’s method will make Tiger unstoppable at the Masters.
Sound words from Seve
Judging by his Masters’ record and reputation as one of the best short game artists the golf world has ever known it could be said that Seve Ballesteros is the man Tiger should be listening to.
Dean Halford met up Seve not long before his passing and here’s what Seve had to say.
“Keeping the weight left at strike, allow the club to “Bounce” off the deck with soft hands rather than letting the leading edge “Dig” into the ground.”
Here’s the link to Art Stricklin & Brady Riggs and Dean Halford
Quote of the Day
“Seve said that he imagined the palm of his right hand was the clubface, and he used that visualisation to help him conjure every shot imaginable around the green.” – Mark Carey