Tiger Woods has confirmed he has decided to add some length to his putter so that he doesn't have to "bend over as far" as he continues to recover from a fifth back surgery.
Woods was speaking to Jim Nantz during CBS Sports' final round broadcast of the Genesis Invitational, a tournament hosted by the 15-time major champion.
“I’ve lengthened my putter. I don’t have to bend over as far," said Woods, who is currently ranked 50th in the world rankings having not played a competitive PGA Tour event since The Masters in November.
"I’ve gone to the same length as my sand wedge. I do a lot of putting drills hitting the equator (of the ball) with my sand wedge, and I figured I might as well just lengthen my putter to the same length. So I did and it helped."
Woods made it clear to Nantz that he has not been able to work on any other part of his game other than his putting while he continues to recover from a fifth back surgery to remove a pressurised disc fragment at the end of December.
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Woods, who was previously using a putter that measured 35.25 inches in length, is now said to be using a putter that is 35.5 inches in length.
US Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker reportedly first discussed the idea of lengthening the putter with Woods to ease his back pain at last year's US PGA Championship.
For the golf geeks among you, here's a look at Woods' new putter specs in more detail.
TIGER WOODS PUTTER SPECS:
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 Tri Sole
Length: 35.5 inches
Loft: 3.5 degrees
Sight: Cherry red dot
Material: German stainless steel
Grip: Lamkin Full Cord Pistol
Woods also discussed how he was recovering from his recent back surgery, and whether or not he would be competing for a sixth Green Jacket at The Masters in April.
While claming it's very much the plan to be at Augusta National in seven weeks time, Woods did not sound overly positive.