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Will Tiger Woods Ever Win Again - What do you think?

Will Tiger Woods Ever Win Again – What do you think?

Will Tiger Woods Ever Win Again – What do you think?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

In the past, with the approach of a Major Championship, the news is all about Tiger.  “What will he score?”  “How many shots will he win by?”  

But now it is “Will he make the Cut?”  Or even worse, “Will he break 80?”

Will Tiger Ever Win Again - What do you think?

Trouble, Trouble, Everywhere!

Never thought I’d ask that. Over the last 3 years, I’ve gone from predicting he’d win a couple of majors again to now guessing he may not win any tournament from 2015 forward. He seems to have lost that thing that was paramount to his amazing career of 79 PGA wins, including 14 Majors. It’s called “BELIEF.”

Whether you give the most weight to his multiple swing changes and coaches, the injuries, or his unsavory personal life. . . . the outcome remains the same. Woods is now 181st in the World Golf Rankings, and some of his recent rounds have been in the ’80s. Who would’ve thought that could ever happen?

Many players possess fantastic physical skills, but . . . it’s the competitors who are very strong mentally who win tournaments. Tiger owned both traits in the recent past. The current winners, Jordan Speith, Rory, Justin Rose, etc., display great confidence, patience, and a cool demeanor, even when things get difficult. (OK, Rory threw a club or two, but it’s not close to habitual, nor does he curse and seem upset for very long)

Tiger has always owned a huge ego, and I feel that it has led him to delude himself when choosing how to direct his playing career and personal life.

His choices have resulted in a poor overall golf game and the exodus of his girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn. Tiger seemed very happy with Vonn and often said that she was wonderful with his kids. He is now without that stability at home.

Would I like to be proven wrong? YES! Tiger is still good for golf, and there may never be another golfer as good as he was.

Source: Mel Sole 

Pictures: Secret in the Dirt    Keith Allison

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Tiger Wood's Top 10 Moments in an Exciting Career!

Tiger Wood’s Top 10 Moments in an Exciting Career!

Tiger Wood’s Top 10 Moments in an Exciting Career!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Today features the second in our series of  “Top 10 Moments” of Masters Contenders.

Tiger Woods announced today that he would be playing in the 2015 masters Tournament.  Good news for Golf and Good News for Tiger Fans.  To remind you of just how great this golfer is (as if you need reminding), here are Tiger’s Top 10 Moments.  I am certainly looking forward to seeing Tiger compete again, and this time I hope he finishes all 4 rounds!

I’ll go out on a limb and say if Tiger wins the Masters Tournament next week, it will be the biggest story of the decade!  Bring it on!

Source: PGA Tour

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Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional. I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website. The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time! Please post your comments below. Keep it clean and tasteful. We are here to learn from one another!

Glutes are a Source of Power and Stability – Tiger was Correct!

Glutes are a Source of Power and Stability – Tiger was Correct!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

A lot of us laughed out loud when Tiger said, “My glutes aren’t firing.” 

What a load of BS, I said.  But the more I looked into this, the more I realized that Tiger is a pretty smart guy.  Tiger used language that we mere mortals didn’t understand.  When I saw this article by Dave Phillips, Top 100 Teacher, TPI Guru, and contributor for GOLF.com, I just had to share.  Now we are all educated!

Glutes are a Source of Power and Stability - Tiger was Correct!

                          A Gallery view of Tiger’s Glutes!

When Tiger Woods said he had to withdraw from Torrey Pines last month because “my glutes aren’t firing,” golf fans on social media reacted with a collective chuckle.

However, Tiger’s reasoning made more sense than many people realized.

The butt muscles, comprised of the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus, are the most important muscles for generating speed and power in the golf swing. They are the largest muscle group in the body as well as one of the most powerful, and they play a major role in the golf swing. For a golfer, a strong backside is essential for preventing injuries and maximizing acceleration and power in the downswing.

According to our physical screening at the Titleist Performance Institute, a large majority of golfers — including elite-level golfers — have poorly functioning glutes.

This is due in part to the excessive amount of time we all spend sitting. Extended periods of time spent in a seated position create weakened, inactive glutes, tight hamstrings and hip flexors.

If your glutes are not active during your swing it can cause your hamstrings and lower back to become overused and more prone to injury. It is helpful to do a few glute activation exercises to wake up the glutes prior to swinging a golf club. Something as simple as a walking lunge is not only great for strengthening the glute, but it also engages other key muscles in your legs and helps stabilize your core.

Once your glutes are active, they can actually help stabilize your lower body in the golf swing and assist the entire swing motion to help you create your maximum speed.

To find good glute-firing exercises, visit MyTPI.com and search “glutes” for a variety of glute-firing exercises to help your swing and take the stress off your lower back.

And the next time you hear Tiger talk about golf fitness, pay attention. The guy knows what he’s talking about.

Source: GOLF.com   David Phillips

Pictures: Ray Sawhill   Chris Wellner

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