Tiger v. Tiger

Tiger8FrameSequenceNo sports motion is more studied, talked about, written about and analyzed than the golf swing. No golf swing is more scrutinized than the swing belonging to Tiger Woods.

Through the years Tiger has successfully rebuilt his swing three times. With different coaches, different physical abilities and different theories on the golf swing, he has installed a new pattern – a new wire in his brain. With the new swing in hand (in mind), he has myelinated that circuit through repetition – hitting thousands of golf balls – until it becomes his ‘muscle memory’.

Some might argue that trying to rewire a brain that has built such fat and fast cable is the root of his recent problems. I’d agree, but I’d also suggest that as you age, you have to rewire. The skinny kid in 1992 is an animal of different stripes than the Tiger of 2011 (above). He certainly has a better back than the 2015 Tiger.

For this article, we’ve taken the Golf Digest freeze frames of Tiger through the years and dropped them into PowerChalk’s ChalkTalk Telestrator – a video analysis tool that lets you compare video frames side by side. We’ve loaded Tiger’s 1992, 2000, 2009 and 2011 swings. We’ll try and add 2015 when (if) he hits the links. Unlike most posts here, we’ve opened up comments and would like to get your assessment of the changes through the years. Here are a couple of links to make it easy to pre-load the telestrator with the captured swings.

Keep in mind that these are not videos. The cropping makes the images jump between frames – it worked for the magazine but is not the way you’d film and curate your video to compare it. Still, you can alternately focus each of the image sequences (indicated by the green outline) and then use the + and – buttons in the telestrator to advance the frames. For me, I’ll take the 1992 swing but then again, who doesn’t want to be young and skinny.

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