If Tiger Woods is going to win again, the key might be what he’s doing here.
“That’s why these photos taken early in the season are very interesting,” Leadbetter says. “There’s a lot to like here, but it was probably to be expected that it would take Tiger a few tournaments until he could trust this swing and feel comfortable with his new process. The more tournaments Tiger has played, the more comfortable he has started to look, hitting more fairways. Even the wild ones have plenty of power. And if you want to know why I think his driving numbers will improve, there is one thing in particular that stands out as the key to his future success.”
Before Leadbetter reveals what that one thing is, he offers a history lesson. Ben Hogan was a great player before and after a near-fatal car accident in 1949. But it’s not hard to determine on which side of his career he enjoyed more success. Hogan won six of his nine major championships after the car crash.
“Prior to the accident, Hogan had a fairly long swing with very aggressive lower-body motion and hip rotation,” Leadbetter says. “After the accident, his injuries prompted him to instinctively calm down his leg action and shorten his swing, which made it more efficient, repetitive and gave him supreme control over his shotmaking.”
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