In an attempt to return to return to old form, Tiger Woods said today he plans to channel some of the characteristics of his swing as a junior golfer while working with new coach Chris Como.
During a press conference Tuesday at Isleworth ahead of the Hero World Challenge, Woods said that he has studied video, alongside Como, of his swing as a junior golfer and plans to use what they’ve learned as the pair continue to work together.
“We looked at a lot of video from when I was a junior,” said Woods. “It was quite interesting to see where my swing was then, and how much force I could generate with a skinny frame. How did I do that? That’s kind of what we’re getting back into.”
Tiger’s body has obviously changed dramatically since those days, but he feels as though certain features of his old swing can be beneficial in the future.
When asked about his health, Woods went on to say that his back feels great, and that it’s free of the type of sharp pains that he used to experience. “I’m past the rehab portion of it,” Woods said. “Now I’m in the strength and development of it.”
Here’s a look at Woods’ current swing from a variety of angles, courtesy of the PGA Tour.
After seeing Woods’ current swing, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, who has often criticized Woods’ action, tweeted “Tiger is more upright and his swing is longer. Both good signs.”
Woods said that the transition to what Como has him working on has been easier than some swing changes he’s made in the past. When asked about what went wrong with Sean Foley, Woods said, “Physically I just wasn’t able to do some of the things that we wanted to do in the golf swing.” Tiger also noted that the two remain friends and often needle each other via text message.
While Woods said that he does not yet feel entirely game ready, he did note that he is pleased with the progress he’s made thus far.
“It hasn’t taken me that long to implement it. I haven’t done it in a long time but my body’s remembering it. I’m very pleased with my speed and the freedom I have, and what I’m doing with the golf ball.
“I don’t feel like I’m hitting it very hard, but it’s coming off the face faster. That part was exciting.”
For an idea of the kind of swing Woods might be referring to, here’s a look at his swing during the 1995 U.S. Amateur at Newport Country Club.