Tiger Woods unveils "old school" new swing

Tiger Woods is going back to the 'old stuff' with new swing coach Chris Como.

Charlie Lemay's picture
Wed, 3 Dec 2014

TIGER WOODS'S "old-school" new swing was on show ahead of his comeback at his own Hero World Challenge this week following a three-month absence from competition because of a back injury.

Woods, who won the last of his 14 majors in 2008, has been working with new coach Chris Como to make his swing "freer" and more akin to his earlier methods after splitting from Sean Foley in August. 

“Basically, going back to some of the old stuff,” Woods said during a clinic ahead of the event hosted by his charity this week. “Going back to what I used to do as a junior,  how I used to swing then. Just trying to free me up and go back to that and it’s been good.”

The 37-year-old Como is the youngest member of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructors and coach to Aaron Baddeley, Richard Lee and Jamie Lovemark.

He becomes Woods's fourth professional swing coach following in the footsteps of Foley, Hank Haney and Butch Harmon.

Woods won eight majors with Harmon during their spell together from 1993-2004 and a further six during the Haney era from 2004 to 2010.

But the 38-year-old Woods has been plagued by injuries in recent years and played just seven events on the 2014 PGA Tour calendar, missing the Masters and US Open through back problems.  

"I'm excited that I have this much time off to obviously heal and get stronger and get my game in order for next year," Woods told PGA Tour radio.

"I went through a period there for the last year, year and a half, where I didn't really practice that much."  

On Como, Brandel Chamblee wrote on Golf Channel: "Reportedly Como is getting a masters degree in biomechanics from Texas Woman’s University.

"Sports biomechanics is about applying the laws of mechanics to human movement to understand and improve performance and to reduce injuries.

"That’s exactly what Woods needs, as his swing has lost its natural athleticism, which was a major source of his old confidence. And that’s to say nothing of the harm the swing he had was doing to his body." 

Woods will be playing new Nike equipment at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club including the Vapor Speed Prototype driver, Vapor Speed Fairway Woods, Vapor Pro irons and new RZN Black ball.

What do you make of Chris Como's appointment? How will Woods fare in 2015?


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