Tee it Up: With a new approach, Tiger can win again

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Johnny Foster Golf Academy (JFGA) coaches, Johnny Foster and Chris Gallagher with their weekly look at the golfing world.

Over the weekend, we saw Tiger Woods provide fans with hope that he may get his first victory since 2013.

Unfortunately, his challenge faded on Sunday after a few errant tee shots allowed US Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III, to grab a popular victory.

This posed the question of whether or not Tiger will win again?

Chris is convinced that physically Woods can still compete and win at the highest level.

He said; “This is clear as there is numerous footage of him swinging great and flushing it down ranges every week he plays.

“Although this doesn’t transfer to the golf course in the competitive arena. This is a mental problem more than anything in my opinion.

“In Tiger’s prime, players had a different mindset than they do now.

“These days, professional golf is full of young players who carry absolutely no fear or scar tissue of the dominating Tiger of old.

“The mindset of tour players now is one where the player simply tries to make as many birdies as possible.

“This is apparent on developmental tours such as the Challenge Tour and Web.com Tour where the winning score regularly surpasses twenty under par.

“Therefore, they come out to the main tour and are ready to win.

“They are full of belief in themselves and their only goal is to go out and go as low as they can.

“I think if that Woods accepts that the standard and mindset of tour players have changed and works towards that, then he can win again.

Can he surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record? Probably not, who knows.

Englishman David Horsey won the Made in Denmark tournament this week around the interesting looking Himmerland course in Aalborg. He finished a nervy final round two shots ahead of Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Terry Pilkadaris among others.

In amateur golf, Irish golf showed how strong it really is at the minute with five players represented on the GB&I Walker Cup team to be held at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s in September.

Paul Dunne, Jack Hume, Cormac Sharvin, Gavin Moynihan and Gary Hurley all played their way onto the team after a fantastic year. They will come up against a strong USA team including new US Amateur champion Bryson Dechambeau and Open Championship Silver Medallist Jordan Niebrugge.

The Irish Amateur Close Championship was won by a student of the JFGA, Tiarnan McLarnon. Tiarnan edged out Alex Gleeson in the final to cap off a fantastic year. His hard work and dedication have paid off this year in the form of an Irish Championship and the Northern Irish Strokeplay Championship.

Quick Tip

A common problem that myself and Johnny come across at the JFGA on a regular basis is amateurs who struggle to launch the ball high enough with the driver.

This low launch results in increased amounts of spin and a subsequent lack of distance. Trackman and other radar systems have proved that hitting up and out on the golf ball will provide the maximum carry distance, provided the strike is central.

A great little quick drill I like to give my students is to place an empty sleeve of golf balls in front of the teed up ball. This means that if the clubhead starts to travel downward through the ball it will come in contact with the sleeve of balls. In order to miss the sleeve, the player will have to hit the ball on an ascending angle which will launch the ball higher and carry distance will be increased.

Try this drill a few times and it will surely put more yards on your higher launching drives.