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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rudy Duran on Tiger's Current Swing

If you don't recognize the name, Rudy Duran was Tiger's first swing coach. Golf Channel asked him to take a look at Tiger's new swing, and they've published a slide show with Duran's comments on the major positions from setup to finish.

For what it's worth, before I hit the right arrow button to move to the next frame, I had to hit the refresh button on my browser each time to make the slide show advance. Hopefully GC will get that little glitch corrected.

Tiger at waist high in his backswing

This photo is the third slide in the sequence, and I chose it because... well, you guys know how I harp on the importance of the one-piece takeaway. (Yes, that's the link to the post with the drill in it.) I think it's a necessity for most players because it can keep you from coming over-the-top.

As you can see in this photo, Tiger's one-piece takeaway is textbook. See how the clubhead is sitting in the V formed by his forearms? The club shaft is pointed straight toward the camera, which means it's "on plane" and "parallel to the aimline" and all those other terms you might use to describe a club that has been swung back without any manipulation. And that means you won't have to make compensations on the way down to get it back to the ball correctly!

Given that this swing is working so well for Tiger -- despite the limitations his fused back puts on him -- I thought you all might like to take a look. Duran really likes where Tiger's swing is at this point... and why shouldn't he? This is a major-winning swing!

There's a lot to see in this brief slide show. Take some time to study it and learn from it. You'll be glad you did.

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