WATCH: Tiger Woods explains his viral ‘zeroed’ interaction with Scottie Scheffler
Tiger Woods has been amazing everyone for decades, but sometimes it’s the things he says that get everyone talking.
Some time ago, a video clip surfaced of Tiger Woods interacting with Scottie Scheffler, who had a question about his lack of divots on shots.
Tiger’s response is about as Tiger as it comes.
“Hey, what’s with the no divots?” Scheffler said.
“What?” Woods said. “Why do you take a divot?”
Scheffler, a major champion in his own right, was a bit dumbfounded.
“I’m just picking it,” Woods said.
“Do you do that always when you’re warming up?” Scheffler responded.
“Uh-huh,” Woods said. “When I’m swinging well, I don’t take divots.”
That interaction recently resurfaced, and it seems that nobody had ever followed up with Tiger about the video or the comments.
However, in a recent video shared by the TaylorMade content team, Woods explained what he meant.
— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) November 2, 2023
Woods begins by stating that he was “wide and wide” in his early career. He was wide both on the takeaway and the downswing, in other words. His swing route was therefore in-to-out.
“It was actually hard for me to take a divot when I was hitting it really well,” he says. “At that time, early 2000s, mid-2000s, even late 90s, my natural shot was a draw. So obviously, with the draw, you’re not going to be swinging that left, you’re not going to be that steep.
“Yes, I didn’t take a lot of divots,” Woods says. “I would stand there for an entire day and you couldn’t really see where I was hitting golf balls at. Especially with long irons and anything up. Just because I was hitting draws.”
It would be hard to take no divot if he were hitting a cut, which calls for a steeper angle of attack and a greater out-to-in route. But the divots were almost unnoticeable since he was brushing the ball off the turf according to the man himself.
“It would’ve been totally different if I was hitting punch cuts,” Woods says. “But my natural shot was a draw.”
Director Of Business Development of the launch monitor company Foresight Sports Tim Briand has said that while technically possible this seems to be unlikely.
“He could be talking about his swing path, a zero angle of attack, or clubface-to-club path,” Briand told Golf Digest.
“But a zero-clubface angle, for instance, means it’s perfectly square to the target line.
“For every force there’s an equal and opposite force.
“The loft of the club is enacting on the ball, and that means there’s an equal and opposite force pushing the club down.
“Basically, let’s say Tiger’s got about a zero angle of attack, so it’s very level, and the low point is exactly in the middle of his golf swing arc.
“The club is hitting the ball, and then deflecting into the ground. And then the leading-edge grind of the club is bouncing.”
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