Tiger Woods proves Butch Harmon the one riding his coattails
Guess that Tiger Woods needing Butch Harmon talk can go away now, huh?
That ridiculous notion that Woods would never be dominant again without Butch evaporated into Scottish fog faster than even Retief Goosen.
No one’s saying that Harmon isn’t a great teacher. I’m sure he could even eliminate seven strokes off my game with a few lessons (which is the ultimate compliment considering the state of utter confusion in my swing).
But arguing that Harmon made Tiger Woods, as more than a few sports writers who should know better did in the last few years, is as ridiculous as saying Keanu Reeves made Al Pacino’s career. One’s one of the greatest of all time (in Tiger’s case, the greatest). One’s a bit actor who stumbled into some blockbuster roles through little skill of his own (The Matrix trilogy for Keanu, Woods’ coach for Harmon).
Let’s keep things in perspective. Tiger makes Tiger. Everyone else is just coming along for the ride. No matter how many stories Harmon fueled and self-promoting TV appearances he made “analyzing” the problems Tiger had because … well, because he stopped using Butch.
Let’s not start mythicizing Hank Haney now either. Oh wait, too late. It’s already begun on a sports page near you.
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The question is why did Tiger make the change? He went a long time without winnning a major and unlike Ali he was not banned from his sport. Why in your prime make the change? Is he better today than 2000?
Finally, Tiger made these changes to take ownership of his swing. Right now, Haney is receiving a lot of credit for Tiger's swing. Is this Tiger's swing or Haney's creation?
Chris, you have a great opportunity to write something worthwile. Please, try doing so.
Your salary was how much again?
As far as Harmon goes, he did, at least, help change Tiger's swing and Tiger is winning again. I guess he might be entitled to take just a little credit.
Butch is a phony , he got lucky Tiger fell on his lap. Tiger can win MAJOR with any coach actually. He needs a coach to fine tune the SWING as he grows older.
Media hypes people and drop it when ever they feel like it.
Tiger is great because not because of his swing , it is because, he is a GREATEST PUTTER. He put the ball in the hole just like MJ does. That is only thing differentiate VIJAY and TIGER in GOLF.
Leave BUTCH alone , he is a below average teacher who got lucky and got rich.
I think TIGER would eventually excel with any body he works with,he's that good.
I also agree with swing changes if the current swing is not delivering the goods you want.TIGER made his swing changes in April 04 ,2 years after his last major.It takes a great player to assess his game ,look to the future and try to adapt to it.
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