If you were to closely follow the twitters of golf fans, golf writers and golf bloggers like I do, you might be a little dizzy right now. It seems that most of these people base Tiger Woods’s comeback on one swing, one hole or one round.
For instance, today Woods has just finished his first nine, the back at Firestone at even par for the day and still -2 for the WGC event. As of his bogey on hole #14, his 5th, writers were saying that the comeback was “off” and confirmed it when he bogeyed the next hole. Then a bounce back birdie happens on the 16th hole, his 7th of the day, and they say the comeback is back “on.” Another birdie confirms that it is on, I’m sure at least until such time as another bogey is made and then the comeback will once again be off.
A “comeback” isn’t determined by one swing, one hole, one round, one tournament
I know these people (golf media) are excited because their gravy train is back on the train tracks for now, but I really have to say that a comeback isn’t determined by such a small set of events like a hole or two, a round or even one tournament. Hell, even if Tiger won this week, I wouldn’t say his “comeback” was complete. A full comeback for a player of this level, in my opinion, would have to be determined by many tournaments, a longer season and performance in major championships.
Thoughts On Tiger’s Swing So Far
I watched most of Tiger’s round yesterday and have watched his interviews this week. I admit that a few weeks ago I thought he was done for the year and that his injuries were more serious. But after watching this week so far, I think things look pretty good for TW. He’s not going full torque on the knee, and not bringing the club back quite all the way sometimes. The swing looks more controlled and balanced.
Tiger also is wearing new Nike FREE shoes. This marks the first time he has worn any kind of golf shoe which does not have metal spikes. I think this could help on the wear and tear of the knees, even if the shoes give a bit. In the long run it will help his balance, a la Sam Snead playing in bare feet.
Time Will Tell
How things unfold over time will be the only way we can determine if Tiger is “back” and to what extent. It will be interesting to watch.
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