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Stan Sutherland
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“It’s common opinion that Rory McIlroy has the most naturally gifted swing in the game right now. In fact, his effortless power, tempo and balance makes me want to throw my teaching pro in the lake.”

Andy Roberts reports, “McIlroy tinkers swing in Masters bid” however in Scotland we call it “Muckin’ arrroond!” when someone makes changes when there’s nothing wrong with what they’ve got.

McIlroy has never been into this head-banging kind of stuff which in the past has led to, for instance, good golfers changing to the Stack and Tilt methodology,

Andy writes, “…despite never being one to get geeky with technique or complex jargon since bursting onto the world scene as a shaggy puppy in 2007, the reigning US Open champion has now decided to adjust his masterpiece with long-time coach Michael Bannon.”

Rory says, “Hopefully, there will be a day when it all clicks and it comes easy to me. As for the time being, I still have plenty of swing thoughts I am thinking about out on the golf course.” And these swing thoughts must sound like sweet music and future money-making opportunities for golf gurus and mental coaches who just love people who tinker and lose touch with their authentic swing.

The young Irishman has just about the sweetest swing since the days of Sam Snead who as far as I’m aware believed in keeping it simple when there was something not quite right with his swing. No mucking around, just think and feel “oily” and he’d soon tweak his swing back into shape.

Taz, commenting on Andy’s article writes, “Cut it out Rory – just get your head right – you nearly f!cking won last year and it wasn’t yer swing that let you down..”

McStumpy makes a point, “I agree, he should leave alone. That said, many said the same re Faldo in the mid 80’s, and he turned out to be right.” But I must add that Faldo had a far from flawless swing when he decided to make changes. This took several years of hard work to effectively implement the changes and yet Rory reckons his recent changes will come right in time for the Masters.

Karen Krouse writes, “Tiger Woods Struggling With Putting Accuracy…There are those who believe Woods is thinking too much on the greens — trying instead of trusting”
Trust not tinkering sounds like a better way for Rory to master the demons of his Masters’ meltdown.

Here’s the link to Andy Roberts and Karen  

Quote of the day

“Papa, trust your swing.” -  Qass Singh, Vijay’s 10 year-old son’s note to his Dad during the 2000 Masters which Vijay won ahead of sweet-swing Ernie Els

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