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Wild TIGER WOODS 2019 Swing Feel Explained!

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Milo Lines:
In this video, we’re going to talk about this wild Tiger Woods clip, where he’s making some interesting motions. Stick around to the end and see if we agree with what he is working on.

Henry Fall:
All right, Milo. Leading up to the 2019 masters, Tiger wins. It was awesome to see him come back and do that. He had a couple feels though, going into that season and then the rest of 2019, before everything started to slow down for him and it really had to do with what his hips and rear were doing.

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
We talked about activating the glutes. you might heard that comment before. We’ve got the video up here and you can see, Tiger’s working on this move, where he gets to the top and his first move down, he basically just sticks his rear out and his chest goes down. There’s very few people that have been in the mind of Tiger Woods, but what do you think your interpretation of that move would be?

Milo Lines:
I would guess he’s just trying to make sure he creates enough depth with his pelvis. He’s getting his pelvis far enough back behind him, so he’s got room to play with, as he turns through the shot, because his tendency is to have his belt firing more up in the way, which causes him to have more side bend and it’s harder on his already bad back.

Henry Fall:
Right and one other thought or one other feel that he’s alluded to and we’ll post that video as well, in an interview with Golf TV, talked about this trail hip, really wanting to get deep in the back swings.

Tiger Woods:
It’s trying to get this hip deeper and then from there, keep the left hip deep as well.

Milo Lines:
Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Henry Fall:
This is something we’ve talked about before on these videos, is getting that right hip deep to start with, so it sets you up to get the left hip deep.

Milo Lines:
For sure.

Henry Fall:
Right?

Milo Lines:
In that video, he’s just talking about getting his pelvis as far out of his own way and then the other side of his pelvis is far out of his way, so he can turn and hit it and not get bunched up like this, because if you’ve got a back that is fused, we really don’t want to put a lot of bend into it and the bend we want to have happen, we want to have happen from a lot higher up in the segments. We want maybe from the ribcage up, to be bending, but the lower back to be really in a stable state and I would say that, that’s probably the way he’s feeling it. Now, what it looks like, eh, it’s probably not perfect, but when we put it in motion at speed, it looks pretty good.

Henry Fall:
I would take it.

Milo Lines:
Yeah, me too. I would take that swing any day of the week, he won the Masters with it, but in the video we see, it looks like he’s almost arching his back a little bit, getting his chest up and generally I like the lower spine to stay a little bit more inflection, a little bit less of the arch look, a little bit more of contracted abs. Keeps things more stable and it looks like he’s almost stretching his stomach out, as he’s changing directions.

Henry Fall:
Well, off camera, I asked you about this. It looked like he was trying to go from flexion, extension, more extension. Chest opening up more.

Milo Lines:
He’s hinging his hips, but extending his back, but in his real swing, he doesn’t do that and we really wouldn’t want to do that.

Henry Fall:
Right and what you said, was basically you get your upper spine extended at this point and then as you get flexed in your hips and you’re bent over more, you get back more to a rounded state, right?

Milo Lines:
Yes.

Henry Fall:
That’s what you would prefer to see, right?

Milo Lines:
Most really good players are getting more into flexion. Their pelvis is actually not this way, relative to their upper body, everything compresses into the ground, but the pelvis doesn’t go more down than the chest does. You don’t see that much extension in the lumbar spine like that.

Henry Fall:
One other thing I noticed when he was doing this video. I guess he wasn’t doing the video, he was practicing on the driving range. When he did that sit down or sit almost back and chest down, his hands dropped pretty significantly and the club was pretty vertical. To me, is that move really producing a shallowing motion necessarily or…

Milo Lines:
Well, not if he did exactly like it was in slow motion there.

Henry Fall:
Right. It’s feel versus real, right?

Milo Lines:
Exactly.

Henry Fall:
But this segues into, when you look at that motion, do you think that there’s maybe a better way he could have gone about getting into the ground per se or…

Milo Lines:
Possibly, but what a person feels to get the body to do what they want it to do and what actually they do, sometimes is different and Tiger’s Tiger. He’s pretty good and I’m not going to question him with what he needs to feel, because I’ve seen him do some crazy stuff with his golf swing. A while back, we saw him making practice wings like that and then he is hitting these little tight draws. It’s like, “Eh.”

Milo Lines:
If he actually did that, what would the ball do? Well, it would be a slice? What he needs to feel, to get his body to do what he wants it to do, it might not actually match up with what he is really trying to make it do.

Henry Fall:
All right. Okay. Let’s say for our viewers at home, they’re looking to get more into the ground and keep their chest more on top of the ball opening up, because that’s one thing in the video, you didn’t really see Tiger do a lot. He was still closed as he did it, but in other videos you’ve talked about being closed for the first part of transition, not…

Milo Lines:
Well, you don’t spin your upper body right out. For the first little bit in transition, we want our lower half to basically pull our upper half along and with what he was doing there, his upper body’s is going to come along and obviously it panned out to some pretty good results for a few weeks there. He was playing really good.

Henry Fall:
Right. For us at home, that want to work on this movement of getting the chest down and falling into the ground, what would be the first step for me?

Milo Lines:
I want you to really feel like, as you’re changing directions, it’s both your chest and your belt buckle are coming down at an equal rate. You don’t really want to feel like you’re arching your back. If you stayed up like this and now arch your back down, we don’t really want that. I’d rather see both come down together.

Henry Fall:
Okay and like you were saying, I’m still somewhat closed and then up to this point, is when I start to square off, would you say? When the club is…

Milo Lines:
About the time you reach left arm parallel, from then on your chest is really catching up with your lower half and by just post impact, the belt or the pelvis and the chest, have turned about the same amount. At impact, generally the pelvis has turned slightly more, but just barely post impact, they catch up and then the chest is winning the race, because it goes farther around generally, than the belt does. Unless you want to fall down.

Henry Fall:
All right. Well I think Tiger played well after that move.

Milo Lines:
He played really good.

Henry Fall:
I think he played at Memorial and he shot something crazy through 11 holes, maybe seven under or something.

Milo Lines:
Oh yeah.

Henry Fall:
I hope you enjoyed this video. Crazy Tiger feel for sure, but hey, can’t fight him. Can you?

Milo Lines:
Nope. I hope you enjoyed this video. Please leave a comment below with any questions, thoughts, or future video ideas, as we read every comment and we try to respond to each of you. If you would like further help with your game, head over to Milolinesgolf.com, my website and you can schedule lessons with myself or a member of my team.

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