Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13 takes its biggest jump forward in swing mechanics in over a decade.
The new Total Swing Control feature literally revolutionizes the virtual golf swing. You have full control of your setup, your tempo—even the arc of your swing.
First, when you set up to the ball, you can do so in a variety of ways to create virtually limitless shot types with just one club. For instance, you can draw or fade the ball by simply closing or opening your stance. You can move the ball back in your stance for punch shots or forward in your stance—and go ahead and open that club face—for flop shots.
As I played No. 13 at Augusta, I declined the recommended 3-wood and instead went with my driver, only I applied a high draw to the shot. It worked out perfectly, giving me a 5-iron approach for my second shot. I missed my eagle putt, but I'm happy to say I birdied the hole.
Altering the tempo and the speed of your swing is going to directly influence the power of your shots. You can step on the gas, so to speak, to add more distance to your shots. Or you can ease up to give yourself just the right amount of length.
It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have the hang of it, it's pretty easy to get a good rhythm going from full shot to full shot. But be warned, it's also easy to miss your target. You have to be precise in your execution of each shot. I like that.
If you play golf (for real), you've certainly heard about the swing plane. Here, you can use an arc to execute your swing with the proper power, trajectory and shot shape. The animation system allows you to see, in real-time, whether your golf swing is on or off plane through your golfer's on-screen animations. It's pretty incredible that a feature like this exists.
There's also a Strike Meter where you place the sweet spot of the club exactly where you want to hit the ball. Typically, you will want to hit the ball in the center of the club face, but try using high and low strikes to alter your power, ball spin and the trajectory of your shot.
I'm blown away by Total Swing Control.