Such is Tiger Woods' attention to detail in everything he does with his golf game in retaining his World No.1 status, that he has added one-quarter of a degree of loft to his Titleist-Scotty-Cameron-Studio-Style-Newport-2-/rcn/48/rgn/1"> Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Studio putter by Titleist in a bid to improve his putting.
He was in action at the Quail Hollow event last week and finished fourth, just two shots behind the winner Sean O'Hair but felt he might have mastered the greens with a little more loft on his putter.
Speaking ahead of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, which starts today, Woods revealed that he has still not achieved consistency in all parts of his game since making his comeback from knee surgery in February and that the old golfing adage ’drive for show, putt for dough’ is still crucial to every golfers' success - even his own.
"It's better to putt well than drive well." he says.
"My best ball-striking week so far has been Doral (where he tied 9th, eight shots behind winner Phil Mickelson). I hit it great the entire week but didn't putt well.
" I didn't hit it very good at Bay Hill (where he won) but I putted well. It's just one of those things where I haven't been able to put all the pieces together yet."
But, overall, Woods is happy with his form and is keener than ever to come out on top at Sawgrass where he hasn't won since 2001 and failed to finish in the top ten since then.
"Most athletes take over a year to get back. I've been able to get back sooner than that, just because of the nature of my sport. I don't hit the ball the same distance with my irons or my driver as before but it's coming. Each and every week I'm getting a little better."
Woods has also switched back from a new shaft in his exclusive 380cc Nike SQ Dymo driver. He has fitted a prototype Oban Mach shaft that weighs 85 grams with an extra-stiff flex but after hitting just nine of 28 fairways the first two rounds at Qualil Hollow he went back to a Mitsubishi White Board shaft and hit 16 of 28 fairways on the weekend.
'Better to putt well...' says Tiger