Tiger Woods' Golf Swing

If you can read this, it’s probably already too late to achieve Tiger Woods’ golf swing. Woods, recognized by many as the best player of his generation, began playing golf since he could walk – and before he could even read a scorecard. Then, of course, there’s God-given ability to hit the ball that only a handful of golfers are born with.

So while trying to hit like Tiger might be an exercise in futility, an analysis of Tiger Woods’ golf swing reveals some clues about how he produces so much power and accuracy. And maybe, just maybe there’s a few things the regular golfing Joe can imitate.

tiger woods Though it’s changed some over the years. Here’s the basics of Tigers Woods’ golf swing.

First, take a look how he approaches the ball. Watch Woods on TV, and you’ll notice his feet are actually wider than shoulder width by a few inches. This violates one of the basic principals of the proper golf stance, but it’s common for big hitters. His stance gets wider with the length of his club, with his feet widest on his tee shot. The wide stance allows for a wider base for the speed of his swing.

His left foot is also slightly angled out, the better to open up on the downswing.

Also, his head is behind the ball and his right shoulder is little lower than his left.

The ball is positioned closer to his left foot. This allows him to catch the ball on the low point of the swing, perfect for maximum power.

On the backswing, Woods turns his shoulders while his hands, arms and club go back as one piece. His arms swing back and away from his body, creating a wide arc, which is vital for club speed.

At the top of his swing, Woods maintains the extension in his arms. He’s also flexible enough so that his legs remain firmly planted, with only a slight bend at the knees.

At impact, Wood’s hips are open and his right foot is off the ground. Notice how he stands tall and level when he strikes the ball. His head remains behind the ball. Observers note that Woods’ hips open faster than any other player on tour, another key to his power.

Woods’ follow through is near-perfect. His left leg is straight, with the laces on his right foot pointing toward the target.

WARNING: Most golfers trying to generate that much speed can injure their backs. Remember, Woods’ natural flexibility and feel for his swing give him an innate advantage.

As mentioned earlier, Woods’ golf swing has changed a bit over the years. He let go of longtime swing coach Butch Harmon when he was the top-ranked player in the world. Many questioned the move after his mini-slump of 2004. But Woods has said that his old swing was more about power than accuracy. His new swing coach, Hank Haney, has helped him with his distance and direction. Whatever problems Woods used to have seemingly have been solved. Woods has won several tournaments this year, including the British Open.

So while there have been some minor changes to his swing, his basic approach – and winning results – are the same.

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