The bizarre swing drill Tiger Woods was spotted using on the driving range, explained

What is Tiger Woods doing?


Ah, yes, Tiger Woods. The GOAT. The best. A man who blends the artistry and athleticism of golf together with such majesty, and who’s swing is a thing of such bea—

Wait, what’s he doing?

Alright, so what’s going on here?

First off, don’t worry. Tiger Woods hasn’t watched Matt Wolff’s swing and thought: I need some of that, except the mirror image of it. It’s a drill — more like an exaggerated swing feeling — that he’s using to help him counteract a problem that has plagued him for years.

As I’ve written many, many, many times before, Tiger’s most common miss is a block to the right. Sometimes it’s been caused by his back injury; other times, it stems from things like tempo that’s too quick or not loading enough on the backswing. It’s not inherently bad or unusual that Tiger has a miss like this — most players do, after all. And whenever he’s not swinging well, he hits it a lot.

Thursday at the BMW Championship was one of those days. Tiger missed eight of 14 fairways — five of those to the right.

Tiger’s block usually comes off the tee. It happens when his arms get “stuck” too far behind him on the downswing, which brings us back to the strange driving range drill Tiger was doing in the video above.

Instead of looping the club outside and then getting his arms stuck inside on the downswing, he over-exaggerates the opposite. He whips the club away super inside on the backswing…

Inside on the way back (Twitter)

…and throws it over the top on the downswing.

Over the top on the way through (Twitter)

No, he’s not actually going to swing this way. He’s just trying to give himself a feeling that he can take out to the course, and protect against his miss. Feel vs. real — if it’s good enough for the GOAT, it’s good enough for you.


Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.