Just for the record, like Jack, Tiger uses a steel shaft in his driver.
X-400, as I recall.
Something tells me if Tiger were to swing one of Jack's old persimmon
drivers, he might just hit it about the same distance he's hitting the one
he uses now. Maybe a little shorter, but not much.
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> >After watching Tiger and David Duval, there seems to be a new swing in
> >Both of them never leave their left foot on their backswing. This
> >was highlited on New Year's Day when a show on ESPN I think showed
> >Palmer et al. All of those guys took all the weight off their left foot
> >top of their backswing.
> You cheated and have been looking at the latest issue of Golf
> Magazine! They cover this very topic. I think they call it the 5 moves
> of modern golf. The gist of the article is that the modern swing, a-la
> Tiger, Duval, et al, involves less driving of the legs on the
> downswing and less of a reverse C position at the finish. They are
> saying the power comes from spinning around a fixed axis and the
> leverage you can gain from centrifual force. In order to maximize this
> force your center of gravity needs to stay balanced, nor driving
> As a young man I also tried to emulate the Jack Nicklauses and Johny
> Millers by having a very strong leg drive and somewhat of a reverse C
> position. Because of all this leg drive I was always having problems
> hitting the ball thin and fat. I was moving my center of gravity too
> much. In the last year or so I have consciously practiced keeping my
> balance, not lifting my left heel on the backswing and not driving
> forward so hard. I even go so far as to pull my body ever so slightly
> to the right as my arms and legs are driving through. I know I don't
> actually move to the right but striving for that feeling helps keep my
> center of gravity constant. I found that this swing produces much more
> clubhead speed than my old one, is much more consistent than the old,
> and I can hit the ball on line almost at will. My handicap went from
> an 8 to a 4 in a matter of a few months. I'm completely sold on this
> "modern" swing.
> Having said that I also think it is the new technology that is making
> this swing so popular. You don't have to make a mad rip at the ball
> any more with 46" long drivers and graphite shafts. When Jack was at
> his prime he was playng with x-stiff steel shafts and small blade
> heads with a persimmon driver. Those guys had to out every ounce of
> energy they has into the ball to get any distance.