Tiger Woods completely baffled by piece of Rickie Fowler's golf equipment

Tiger Woods was spotted hitting golf balls for the first time since his surgery in a clinic with PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Will Zalatoris.

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Tue, 12 Sep 2023
Tiger Woods completely baffled by piece of Rickie Fowler's golf equipment

There was quite a lot to unpack as Tiger Woods was spotted hitting golf balls for the first time since his latest surgery. 

Woods, 47, went under the knife after he withdrew from the 87th Masters in April. 

The surgery came a less than two weeks after he hobbled out of the major, forcing him out of action for the rest of 2023. 

In case you didn't know, Woods underwent a 'subtalar fusion' surgery on his right ankle. 

Essentially, the procedure attaches two bones together when one of the bones can't be fixed or replaced.

The fact he went under the knife again wasn't necessarily a surprise given that he had been limping significantly since his return at the 2022 Masters. 

Whilst much of the damage in his February 2021 car crash was done to his right leg, Woods also suffered trauma to the bones and ligaments in his ankle.

The result of the surgery meant that he was given a window of at least six months to one year before he would be able to return to play again. 

Woods was spotted at Liberty National on 12 September hosting a clinic alongside PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler and Will Zalatoris

Zalatoris, like Woods, was forced out of the regular PGA Tour season a few months ago after injuring his back.

As for Fowler, in a few weeks' time he will be heading to Rome to represent Team USA in the Ryder Cup

His selection as a captain's pick came after a solid season in which he returned to the winner's circle for the first time in more than five years. 

Fowler's play has improved across the board but noticeably so in the putting department. 

He has been using the Odyssey Versa Jailbird this season and it's sparked the newest putter trend. 

Keegan Bradley and U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark have also been using the nine-year-old putter with an elongated SuperStroke grip.


Woods was interested in this piece of equipment and quizzed Fowler all about it on the range. 

He hobbled over to Fowler's golf bag, picked it up and appeared somewhat confused. 

"I never thought we'd hear the day where Tiger Woods asked for a putting lesson," the host said. 

As Fowler was asked questions about the forthcoming Ryder Cup, Woods started doing some practice strokes with Fowler's flat stick. 

Does anyone have any questions, the host asked. 

Woods did

"How do you take the putter back? I can't get the head to move," he said. 

Fowler said it was more to do with big muscles in his shoulders. "I just don't think about it."

Woods added: "So where are your feet? What takes the clubhead back? I can't move it."

Fowler said he wanted to quieten down his left side throughout the strike. "Why would you want to do that?" Woods said. 

Because Fowler gets too handsy, he said.  

"I understand, I got it," Woods said. 

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