CROUCHING TIGER, SHADOW BIRD

04.07.07 11 years ago

Tiger Woods had some trouble on the 13th tee at The Masters yesterday:

Fully loaded and getting ready to hit his tee shot on the par-5 13th hole Friday, Woods was suddenly distracted by the shadow of a bird that flew directly over his ball.  Somehow, he was able to stop the swing before he made contact — practically impossible for a guy who makes contact at something approaching 130 mph.  "I felt like I broke my back, my wrist, my neck, my legs," Woods said.

So the shadow of a bird nearly crushed one of the most dominant professional athlete's on the planet.  Golf is like some awesome martial arts film.  Lesser golfers would have crumbled to ash under the avian adumbration, but the dedicated training and great strength of Master Woods allowed him to survive.

He said it felt like the club was going to snap because when he stopped the swing so abruptly, physics dictated that the head of the club was still moving after he had stopped the shaft. 

Excellent, a practical use of Newton's First and Second Laws of Motion.  The intricacies of golf are truly enthralling!  Most casual sports fans would hear that the top player in the sport can be brought to his knees by a shadow and say "that is not a sport" or "this is more boring and loathsome than a Sandra Bullock film", but not the dedicated observer.  To the true links fan, an aborted stroke caused by the briefest of obscurities is where the magic happens. -KD

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