Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Tiger shows us his 'ball control'

Golf. A bit of a funny sport really. It seems you spend more time casually moping around after the ball you've just smashed 200 yards away then you do actually swinging and hitting. Alas, the saviour that is Tiger Woods. Arguably the biggest world sports star since Michael Jordan, Tiger has bought to the game a sense of 'cool', which coupled with his huge sponsorship with Nike, has made him the face of the sport for the last decade.

In Forbes' last listing of Highest paid sports stars, Tiger Woods came out on top, with earnings of $87 million, at the age of just 30. When you compare that to David Beckham, probably our biggest sports player, his $32.5 million looks rather small. So what is all the fuss about?

This video is from a TV advert aired back in 1999. At the time it caused a lot of controversy, as it was advertising Nike, although Tiger's main club sponsor was Titleist. Cue huge lawsuits, days of negotiations and eventually an agreement which I guess made all three parties a whole lot happier and a whole lot richer.

However, what is of real importance here is the true skill on show. The World No 1 has won 12 Major Championships, has more wins on the PGA Tour than any other active golfer, and has been awarded the PGA Tour Player of the Year a record eight times. And although not showing his true golfing potential in this video, the samba-style skill on display is symbolic of Tiger and everything he is about - Pure Class.

The video itself is great, and I couldn't help but stare, jaw-dropped in amazement. The accompanying Caribbean music adds to the sense of enjoyment, as-if Tiger himself is just playing around. A true 'Nike advert', no doubt it easily did the job in pushing more people into buying Nike golf products. If not at least it encouraged golfers across the world to pick up their clubs in an effort to recreate Tiger's silky skills. Some didn't do too bad either. So if you like golf, give it a go, and maybe share your video attempts here on ReviewTube.

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