Tiger Woods and Glutes

The title of this post seems a bit strange I must say, but let me assure you that it will make sense soon.

I remember when I was younger, I used to watch Tiger literally hit the shit out of the ball and dominant everyone on the PGA tour.  It was unreal.  Then, there was the “incident” with his wife and, before we knew it, Tiger was literally falling apart in front of our eyes. He limped his way to his last major in 2008 with a busted knee, making it the last time we really heard Tiger roar.

His demise over the past 7 years has been tough to watch, even worse with the hopeless optimists getting excited when he’s “in contention” on a Saturday, only to falter again.  I’m going to be the voice of reason here for those people: Tiger is done!

I know that can be a little hard for some of his die hard fans to stomach, but it’s the truth. Even Tiger himself is in denial about the steady amount of decline in his body, saying recently that he plans to come back better after his second back surgery.  Why is Tiger done? One word – PHYSICS.

The amount of force he generates and torques on his body is out of this world.  The joints in the body that are most involved in the golf swing are the knee and lower back.  Where has Tiger had the most trouble? Knees and lower back.  The shear amount of force put into those joints over the last 30 plus years of his life has truly taken its toll on his body.

So getting back to the glutes part…Tiger ACTUALLY said in an interview that they were confident that he just needed to get his “glutes to start firing” to help stabilize his back.

This guy is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and he’s getting that basic level of advice and treatment!

If his back and knee problems were simply due to muscles not “firing” correctly, then all the orthopedic surgeons would be out of work, and we all know that isn’t the case.

What Tiger really needed all those years was an awesome soft tissue doctor to at least help ease some of the load off all the force he uses. Even that, most likely, wouldn’t be enough to combat the damage, but he could have at least been able to make a better run at the majors’ record.