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Palmer had a swing to last a lifetime
Arnold Palmer played a half-century without changing his swing once.
“I really did not make any swing changes in my career,” Palmer said Wednesday. “I started with a pattern when I started playing the tour, and I stuck with it until today. And I will go with it today in the pro-am, and hope to hell I can hit it in the fairway, and hope I can hit it longer than what I’ve been hitting it.”
These are different times, indeed.
“I saw him at least once a year for about 70 years,” Palmer said. “And he never changed anything. He watched me for five minutes and went home. He put my grip on the club and my hands on the golf club when I was 6 years old and he said, ‘Boy, don’t you ever change it.’ Well, I haven’t changed it.”
Palmer said he was surprised that Woods is changing his swing again, although he doesn’t know what he’s trying to do with it. Palmer recalls the first time he played with Woods, at the Masters during a practice round when Woods was an amateur, and he thought Woods was doing everything just right.
“So changing? Well, that’s up to Tiger,” Palmer said. “I don’t want to inject anything into something I don’t really know enough about to talk about.”
“I went back to all of my old stuff that my dad and I used to work on,” Woods said. “And that’s when I felt that my stroke started becoming more sound, more solid, my speed became better. I don’t know what that dude saw in my game, but he really knew putting and he knew my stroke. My dad really knew my stroke.
“I miss him for a lot more reasons than just the putting, but as far as bouncing ideas off of him and what I was feeling and what he would say, I do miss that, certainly.”
RANKING: The Arnold Palmer Invitational is the final tournament for players not already eligible to get into the top 50 in the world and earn a trip to the Masters. This is an unusual year, for most everyone around the bubble is already in.
But there are two who stand the best chance without winning (which comes with an automatic exemption).
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