An inconsistent Tiger Woods used to be a rare sight around the PGA Tour, but lately it's been a regular occurrence.
It's time we put all the personal problems to rest. The injuries have seemed to heal, and he's now had time to work on swing and mechanical changes to his game. The fact is, much has changed with Tiger Woods' golf game over the past few years, but the biggest change is that Tiger has lost his consistency.
With a missed cut at this past weekend's Wells Fargo Championship, Woods has now missed the cut in Charlotte for the second year in a row, and the days where he would go an entire year without missing a cut are a thing of the past.
"If I get over the golf ball and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great," stated Woods, after his round. "It's just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful."
Tiger is confused, and whatever advice he is getting from swing coach Sean Foley doesn't appear to be working.
Maybe Tiger should listen to some of the greats of the game when they give advice. Every golfer goes through a rough patch, the best golfers get through it.
"He's a little confused in the golf swing right now. Tiger is starting to play mechanically, and Tiger was always a feel player," Hall of Fame member Lee Trevino said. "What he needs to do is go off by himself, (with) nobody else, and take it out of the ground. That's what I did, that's what these three guys did, Mr. (Ben) Hogan did it. All of the old pros used to take it out of the ground, there was no instructor, there was no guru, no sports psychologist and all this other stuff."
It's true, Tiger knows his swing better than anyone else. He know what feels right and he needs to fall back on that. He needs to trust his own judgement.
By listening to many voices, Tiger is all over the map and all over the course.
Just take a look at his 2012 results, a year where's he's been healthier than the past two seasons.
He showed progress at the start of the year. Top-20 finishes at Pebble Beach and the Accenture led to a second-place showing at the Honda. He then ballooned to a 73rd-place finish at the Cadillac Championship, but that was then followed by his first win in years at Bay Hill.
An approach shot at a par-5 used to be a piece of cake for Woods, but it's telling when on the 570-yard No. 5, he sailed a shot into a bunch of trees. Even with a group of fans helping, they couldn't find the ball.
It's also telling that Tiger hasn't won a major since the U.S. Open in 2008. With the meat of the 2012 schedule coming up in the next four months, time is of the essence.
I don't know what to think Tiger's chances are each week he enters an event. Tiger needs to keep working on his game where he gets that consistency of never missing cuts back. That will lead to more wins and more major titles.
Rick Limpert covers sports, technology and events in and around Atlanta. He's been following Tiger Woods and his career since his college days at Stanford.
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