Everyone in sports has their own take on what happened to Tiger Woods. The marriage breakup in 2009 is the most commonly used reason that many come up with. In 2009 Tiger won 6 times prior to the massacre at Lake Nona with a 9 iron. Then again Tiger won 8 times in 2012 and 2013 which I feel pretty much kills that theory. So what is the real reason Tiger’s game has not been close to what it once was. Is there something we all do not know, a hidden secret out there, I think not.
Tiger Woods barely weighed 150. in his sophomore year in college. He was young supple and very flexible in his golf swing. He had an incredible body turn that we all saw over and over again after all those amazing shots he pulled off. As his career took off Tiger found himself in the company of some the most famous and finest athletes in the world. He surrounded himself with people who were 220 + lbs. and ripped from head to toe. They could jump higher run faster and lift much more weight in the gym than Tiger and it got to him.
Over the next 2-3 years Tiger took supplements, protein boosters and trained to build himself up though vigorous weight training combined with running and hired specialized body building trainers to keep him on track. We all saw the transition from the thin Tiger to the cut muscular Tiger. It happened relatively fast. He was bigger, swung harder and faster and put a great deal of stress on his body continually.
So what happened to Tiger was nothing more than simple physics and could have been predicted by a high school track coach. Muscle grows 5 times faster than bone mass. So when you add 50lbs of muscle to a 150 lb. person in 1 year with a slight build, the strength gained is going to stress the bone structure to injury and failure. Tigers bone structure and size was 4 years behind his muscle mass.
In August of 2015 Michael Campbell said is best, “If you look at him physically from 2000 to now, or even to 2008, he bulked up too much. He worked so hard in the gym to the point he couldn’t walk the next day. He’s obviously set the very high bar and everyone followed. They had to, or they would have just fallen behind.”
“It’s hindsight now, I wish I had said to him to try yoga or Pilates or something because he didn’t need to get any bigger. I could be wrong, but I think it was for vanity reasons to be honest over golf.” Wood’s last appearance came at August’s Wyndham Championship. “Tiger’s nearly 40 now and the older you get the longer it will take to heal all the surgeries and injuries he has had, but for him to have been through what he has and had surgery seven times is just phenomenal.”
Tiger may return to golf, if he does it will be with a 50 + year old type swing that puts far less stress on a body he has continually damaged year after year. And for all of us who have back injuries can tell you, it will never be the same.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?