Tiger’s Missed Cut Means More Reps

by Jeff Skinner

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship yesterday and while it may send shockwaves through Charlotte it shouldn’t be shocking.  Woods continues to struggle with retaining the swing changes he is going through and while this is disappointing it highlights an amazing fact about Tiger.  This is only his seventh missed cut in 281 PGA Tour events.  No one has a record like that, not Phil, not Arnie and not even Jack Nicklaus.

Tiger says he still reverts to his old swing habits and has to force himself to get to that “uncomfortable” position before he can hit it well.  “It all has to do with my setup,” Woods said. “If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great. It’s just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful. All the shots I got uncomfortable on, I just said, ‘I’m going to get really uncomfortable and make it feel as bad as it possibly could,’ I striped it.’”  Even hackers like us realize that most changes feel uncomfortable at first and it takes a long time to feel at ease with the change.

“If you think about it, with Butch (Harmon) it took me two years and with Hank (Haney) it took me almost two years before old patterns are out,” said Woods. “It takes time to get rid of old patterns. It takes hundreds of thousands if not millions of golf balls, but eventually it comes around. I’ve had my share of successes, and I know it’s coming.”  Millions of golf balls?  He better get back to the range.


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