Golf experienced its greatest renaissance in the mid-1990s when Tiger Woods turned professional and turned the PGA Tour upside down, popularizing the game like none other in history. He made the sport cool for everyone and helped people find peace and serenity – and insanity – that come with the game. Memberships at private clubs reached their peak. Public courses became more crowded. Equipment sales and instruction soared through the roof while amateurs who had casual interest in the game – aka weekend hackers – made a concerted effort to improve their scores. Tiger’s impact was immeasurable, really, but many mid- and high-handicappers erred when watching his every move. They became enamored with his length off the tee, how his hips and torso came through the ball with brute force in a perfectly timed swing that usually ended with flawless contact. It was unrealistic for most amateur players to duplicate his swing or that of anyone else on tour. Rather than watch Woods rack up 79 tour victories on the men’s side, they should have been studying players like Annika Sorenstam while she won 72 tournaments on the women’s side. Guys: If you’re looking to improve your game, don’t take… Read full this story
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