By Elliott Heath published
Woods is back swinging at full power but just how good technically is his new action? GM Top 25 coach Ged Walters takes a look...
Tiger Woods Golf Swing Analysis
This year the golfing world has celebrated the return to form of Tiger Woods. Where persistent back injuries had prevented him from moving freely, now he is swinging with power and balance. As the 2018 Open Championship progressed, it was clear that this was the best we have seen Tiger Woods swing the club for years. In this Tiger Woods swing analysis, Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Ged Walters looks at the swing of the 14-time major winner.
"Tiger starts his backswing with a nice move of the arms and torso with the club head staying outside the hands. His hands and arms move more around the body than back in 2000 so the lead arm is covering the shoulders and the hands are behind the trail shoulder.
His downswing sees a superb drive from the lower half but with the upper body connected more to the lower body turn. This means that the hips don't open as quickly with the shoulders being closed as long. I would assume this is part of taking the pressure off his back during the motion.
He's got a fantastic extension through impact with the club exiting nicely up and to the left in the follow through to a less rotated finish.
When we first saw Tiger competing during his return he was working on the connection between his arms and body. With driver in hand, a lack of synchronisation was costing him but this has improved drastically. In my opinion this has improved as he trusts his rejuvenated back.
If he continues to swing with the combination of power and control we have seen at Carnoustie, he will surely will again - soon!
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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