OT: The History of Tiger Woods Golf Swing in a GIF

Submitted by razor93 on May 30th, 2013 at 10:02 PM

For those who enjoyed the animated GIFs of Yu Darvish, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera you might also enjoy this animated GIF of Tiger Wood's golf swing through the years.  It is interesting to watch his swing take some significant changes as he changed swing coaches.  Link? LINK





May 31st, 2013 at 12:13 PM ^

out of that swing bad in 78.  Come on Tig, that is pathetic.

Actually, his 2013 swing looks very close to his 1994 swing.  I wonder if all of the "coaching" he received in the past 2 years amounted to "Tiger, just go play golf.  Like you did when you were a kid."





May 31st, 2013 at 8:47 AM ^

In 2013 he is standing much more upright and closer to the ball.

Lately he is really trying to hold the face off and eliminate the hook from his game.  When you're standing closer to the ball, it is much easier to produce the outside to inside swing needed to produce the hold off cut shot.

When you stand farther away from the ball it is easier to produce the inside to outside swing around your body, and produce more of a draw.

Sten Carlson

June 1st, 2013 at 4:47 AM ^

Where is the ball starting? If it starts straight and curves left your club face is square at impact, but your path is excessively in-to-out. If it starts left and goes left you've got the face shut and the path is in-to-out. But, if your ball starts right and then curves excessively left, your face is likely open to the target line but closed to the club path.

Irons, if struck with a properly descending blow, should produce a push draw as the path is in-to-out and the face is open to the target line. Drivers, by contrast should produce slice curve because the club path is upwards and thus out-to-in in relation to the target line.

To straighten out the irons try setting your path more to the left, i.e., open to the target line, with the faces square. Open the shoulders, hips, knees, and feet and swing on that open line with the club face square to the target line. With a 6 iron it going to be about 2 degrees "open", depending upon the degree to which you strike down, and it will increase as the irons get shorter. If you're a digger and take deep divots you might need to open more, but also work on shallowing out you angle or attack some.

On the driver, make sure you tee it higher rather than lower, and move the ball up in your stance rather than back. Work to where it starts straight with a right curve at the end. To snap hook a driver usually means the angle of attack is too steep or down, and that usually results from the ball position being too far back. When your ball starts straight and then cuts, your face is square and all you need to do is close your stance, ie, the opposite of the irons, to make your path more in-to-out.

This is know as "zeroing out" your vectors, and should produce very straight shot through the entire bag.


June 4th, 2013 at 10:34 AM ^

Tee the ball up higher on my driver.  I'm lucky that I don't have a problem with distance, so I find that teeing the ball lower and almost trying to hit down on my driver makes it much easier to control.

Obviously if I was regularly playing courses that were 7000 yards I would make an effort to adjust, but I mostly try to tee it lower and look for a 270-80 yard carry.


May 30th, 2013 at 10:07 PM ^

That was by far the coolest (non Kate Upton) gif I've ever seen! 

He's always attacked the ball very well, using the maximum hip turn, but recently you can tell that his swing has gotten significatly steeper, and that has been the cause of some issues, especially in 2012 (see, British Open).  But I feel like he's gotten control over his swing once again... I'm feeling a US Open victory coming up! 

Eat Your Wheatlies

May 30th, 2013 at 10:08 PM ^

I'm sorry, but that's just way too fast to process. Plus it's possible he was playing a variety of shot types (cut, draw, etc.) which would account for noticable differences. The other GIFs were much more interesting in my opinion.


May 30th, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

He really came around much further on his backswing in 1997.  I assume that is simply youth and flexibility, but maybe our golf gurus have an opinion.


May 30th, 2013 at 10:18 PM ^

1997- his swing is much faster (downswing)

2000- backswing goes past horizontal at the top (no other time period)

2004- started favoring the cut shot shape

2013- much more vertical, less hunched posture

These shots might be situational, but those are the quick things I noticed. Pretty cool


May 30th, 2013 at 11:22 PM ^

Look at his 1994 US amature swing, much more bent at the waist. This allowed a lot of hip rotation but really locked in the front leg and probably cause a lot of the knee damage.

Compared to 2013 where the knee/waist bend is almost minimal. This really allows his knee to be under much less stress at impact and finish. Really amazing how much his swing has changed. 


May 30th, 2013 at 11:43 PM ^

I really think the main difference in these swings is the variety of clubs he's using.


For instance 94 and 97 are clearly long iron tee shots, and the 2013 shot is his approach to 18 at Augusta where he's probably hitting no more than an 8 iron, if that.


The biggest swing changes you will see are with his driver.  Would really like to see that over the years.

Sten Carlson

May 31st, 2013 at 12:12 AM ^

Tiger has reinvented his golf swing several time over the years from Harmon, Haney, and now to Foley. The changes are very subtle to even the most trained eye, and imperceptible to those with low/average knowledge of the golf swing.

As someone else mentioned, a lot of his changes have come about as a reaction to injuries, namely to his left knee. Regardless of the reasons, however, it's very impressive (at least to me) that he's had the commitment to make changes, suffer through the backslide times, and emerge as seemingly a better player.

I can tell you that his new instructor, Sean Foley, is very into using the new TrackMan Doppler radar system and I think Tiger's newest changes have really benefitted from it. Anyone serious about golf, or who wants to get better, IMO, should study the "D Plane" information coming from this awesome technology.

I was an aspiring Tour pro years back, and it's only now that I've really come to understand what actually makes a golf ball do what it does, and it's revolutionized my game.

Anyway, neat gif.


May 31st, 2013 at 8:43 AM ^

You can see the green in the second to the right photo so that's clearly an approach shot.  For us to truly compare his swings, we need to see his swings from the same type of shot.  But still an enjoyable compilation though!  Nice!