Tiger Woods did not seal the deal at the AT&T. Sean Foley cannot be excluded as a contributing factor. The absurdity of Foley's instruction to Woods, are exemplified in his latest pontification in the Golf Digest article, "Simple Way to Hit a Soft Pitch."
Sean begins by clarifying that by "soft pitch" he means a lob shot in which you are going to open the clubface to increase the shot's trajectory. He explains that this is difficult because: the added loft of the club means that the swing must be bigger and, that the open clubface will send the ball to the right.
His alternative is as follows:
- play the ball forward in your stance with the clubface square to the target line [so far, so good] [this will increase trajectory, but therefore also means that you must make a bigger swing]
- lower your hands to add more loft [Whoops! Lowering you hands does nothing to add loft]
- keep shoulders and hips square [square means "at 90 degrees][let's assume he means parallel to the target line], then drop your left foot so the stance line is left of target.
- swing the club down along the stance line [you would hit your toes][lets assume he means parallel to the stance line][its physically impossible to swing parallel to your stance line if your shoulders and hips are parallel to the target line]
Bottom Line: This is typical of Sean Foley's articles. They do not accurately describe what is prescribed and are not likely to produce the preferred result. Let's hope Tiger makes a change.