NAPLES, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods has hired a swing consultant as he prepares to return to competition.
Woods announced Saturday on Twitter that Dallas-based Chris Como, a specialist in biomechanics of the golf swing, will be working and consulting with him. Woods did not identify Como as his swing coach.
”Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing,” Woods said.
He is to return Dec. 4-7 at his Hero World Challenge, an 18-man field of top 50 players at Isleworth.
Not long after the tweet, Como’s website was unavailable because it exceeded its bandwidth. He works at Gleneagles Country Club outside Dallas and was listed among the best young teachers by Golf Digest magazine last year.
The magazine said on its website that Como is completing a master’s degree in biomechanics at Texas Woman’s University. He is studying under Kwon Young-Hoo, an expert on how sports movements impact the body.
Woods said good friend Notah Begay introduced him to Como this summer.
”Subsequently, we had several good conservations about the golf swing,” Woods said in a statement. ”I’ve worked with him about a month since I started practicing. Chris will consult and work with me during the year.”
Woods already has had three swing coaches and four swings during a career that already has brought him 14 majors among his 79 PGA Tour titles. He most recently worked with Sean Foley, whom he dismissed in August after three years and no majors. Woods last won a major in 2008 at the U.S. Open.
This is the first time in his career he failed to register a top-10 finish.
Woods missed most of the year with back issues. He had surgery on his back a week before the Masters, forcing him to sit out three months to recover. He last played in the PGA Championship, where he missed the cut, and then said he would take more time off to get stronger.
Como also works with Aaron Baddeley, Trevor Immelman and Jamie Lovemark.