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Tiger put his short game on display at Augusta...especially love the line about where Tiger gets his mail at Augusta!

 

 

What yips? Tiger Woods arrives at Augusta, puts short game to immediate test  

By Geoff Shackelford

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For a guy with the yips, Tiger Woods just announced to the world that he's not afraid to show off his short game. Showing up at Augusta National's tournament practice area around 3:40 ET, Woods briefly stopped to talk to Mike Weir about the Canadian's elbow issues, them marched boldly to the short game practice area.


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Knowing all eyes at the range were on his wedge practice and probably aware there was an audience on Golf Channel's “Live From” hoping to see if he's cured the short game yips, Woods took a green bag of balls from caddie Joe LaCava, put on headphones, appeared to dance to the music at one point and went straight to work hitting the same lofted wedges that have given him such fits.

Talk about a bold statement. 

While it's hardly unusual for a professional golfer to warm-up hitting wedges, any yipper can tell you that playing the shot that gives you fits, and doing it in front of a crowd, ranks up there in the Fun Department with root canals and prostate exams.

More curious was his decision to listen to music while warming up. Was it the soothing voice of a guru? Or simply a nod to new endorsee Sol Republic, who Woods signed with in January. 

After hitting no flubs and looking crisp with his shots, Woods moved to the main tee, where swing consultant Chris Como awkwardly waited while former instructor Sean Foley and Woods joked around. Eventually, Woods began moving through the bag and headed for the first tee for a late nine at Augusta National. 

If the range swagger was a statement, the body language on course all but spilled over the top. Woods blew his first tee shot into his usual spot on the 9th fairway, where Woods also gets his mail when he's in Augusta. Anyway, Woods then hit his approach to six feet and he quickly knocked in a birdie as if it was a mere afterthought. He then took two wedges and two balls, and the crowd grew eerily quiet. But Woods moved around the diabolical first green hitting all manner of shots, showing no signs of distress. 

A few in the gallery of 500 or so patrons gasped at his sleek physique, but otherwise welcomed him back with various shout-outs. Playing partner O'Meara eventually ran out of putts to try on a green he's seen plenty, turning to watch the downright jovial Woods chip before moving to the putter. After a few long putts, Woods scooped up his ball with the back cavity of his putter and twirled it over his head, keeping the ball in the putter the entire time.

He stopped short of Moonwalking off the first green.

Almost like old times. 

 

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I really hope he does well.  I will root for him.


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Sounds like he's got a bit of his swagger back. Maybe this time off did him good. Hope he comes out on fire this week.


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I honestly believe that he had 100 people all around him trying to "fix him" and eventually after years of that he just go completely screwed up mentally. I'm hoping he took the time and just reset his brain. I'm obviously no expert but I think 95% of his issues were mental. 

 

I too hope that he's back and plays well.


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Anyone can do it at the range, did he have the yips on the range the last 3 times he played, we won't know if his chipping is good until he is under pressure to get up and down for the first time. I hope he fails miserably, and walks off after 5 holes. Then I get to watch some real golf.

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I'm guessing you are not a Tiger fan.

Good guess.


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Anyone can do it at the range, did he have the yips on the range the last 3 times he played, we won't know if his chipping is good until he is under pressure to get up and down for the first time. I hope he fails miserably, and walks off after 5 holes. Then I get to watch some real golf.

 

I am curious what your definition of "real golf" is?

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Anyone can do it at the range, did he have the yips on the range the last 3 times he played, we won't know if his chipping is good until he is under pressure to get up and down for the first time. I hope he fails miserably, and walks off after 5 holes. Then I get to watch some real golf.

He was having trouble in the practice area at the last few events as well as the course. Even to the point where other pros were coming over to watch him and try to help.


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While it's hardly unusual for a professional golfer to warm-up hitting wedges, any yipper can tell you that playing the shot that gives you fits, and doing it in front of a crowd, ranks up there in the Fun Department with root canals and prostate exams.

In Tiger's case it will be like him having the prostate exam in front of a million people. As one who knows, it will only take one yip because all you will think about is when will it happen again.


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He was having trouble in the practice area at the last few events as well as the course. Even to the point where other pros were coming over to watch him and try to help.

Wasn't there even a gif of him shanking one at Torrey?

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Brill, Tiger must be back he hasn't withdrawn from a practice round!

 

We'll know how is game is when he has to play at competition pace with the pressure on - lots of time to think about those shots when it takes nearly 6 hours to get round.

 

I'd guess if you went and looked you'd have found ian woosnam and sandy Lyle looking good while out practicing.... How many of us have practiced one day and thought all our problems are over, and then the next day.......

 

Tiger would need to be at odds over 100:1 before Id go near him for a bet.

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He's also ditched the sneaker shoes in favor of a throwback of his own shoe, the TW11. And he's lost a bunch of weight. Trying to turn back the clock a little maybe?

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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We've all had great range sessions, and once the competition begins, we'll see how his game stands up.

 

Maybe he's remembered that he knows his game better than anyone else and will just play golf.

 

It will make this an interesting week, anyway.

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He's also ditched the sneaker shoes in favor of a throwback of his own shoe, the TW11. And he's lost a bunch of weight. Trying to turn back the clock a little maybe?

When he does crap like this it just solidifies the fact that he is nucking futs. I mean, honestly, some guys may do some stuff like that as a superstition or for nostalgia, but He honestly thinks that his five year old shoes are going to make a difference in his score! What a nut job!

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When he does crap like this it just solidifies the fact that he is nucking futs. I mean, honestly, some guys may do some stuff like that as a superstition or for nostalgia, but He honestly thinks that his five year old shoes are going to make a difference in his score! What a nut job!

I don't think it's that. I think it's more the profile of the shoe and what Nike had in dead stock from his collection. The older style he was wearing has him a little taller (about 1/2" due to the sole profile). Might not seem like a lot but being higher on the nails might help him not hit fat chips. That or the waterproof mesh isn't as water proof as they'd like us to believe and he's trying to get some broke in in the event he makes the weekend because it's going to rain

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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