Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by RishikeshA:
Originally posted by socal9er42:
Phil didn't have driver in his bag either and won the Tournament. Does it mean Mickelson has lost confidence in his driver as well?
Some courses don't call for certain clubs for certain players. They made a conscience decision that it was more important to have an extra wedge in the bag rather than a driver. Tough to tell if it was a good call (Phil) or bad call (Tiger) based solely on victory and loss. It could have worked out the same (or better or worse). Who knows?
Using a driver at the Open does not work on most of the par fours, even par fives. The point is that Tiger has lost confidence in his driver in most every tournament he enters. After the Open I've come to the opinion that his decline is purely physical. His shot selection and hunger for the game are evident but the toll on his body has brought him back to field.
I completely disagree. Tiger has won 4 times on tour this year and is smoking his 3 iron about 270 yards. Yes, he has had a few injuries but I dont see his failure to win majors caused by purely physical decline as you called it. I believe its a mental thing with Tiger because he puts SO much pressure on himself in majors. How else would you explain the fact that he is great in the first 2 rounds of majors and then been below average on the weekends? IN my opinion, he wants it so much that it affects his play.
I seem to remember that in his last tournament before this, they showed his driving stats, and he was waaaay up near the top. Not the best,but certainly in the top 20% or so.
His problem is definitely the weekends of Majors - Psychological issues for whatever reason. He needs to go old school and revisit whatever it was that gave him the edge before. He needs to get his temper back under control. Instead of letting a bad result bother him, he needs to adopt the "rub of the green" philosophy.
I would also love to see him interact with Joe LaCava more during the round. Your Caddy is part of your team (your only resource out there) and should know your swing and mental game as well as anybody on the Planet. If the Caddy sees/knows something is off, he should be able to pull you aside and at least discuss what he sees. I don't know if Tiger will do that during anything other than range time. Too bad.