WINDERMERE, Fla. – Why?
That's been the multi-million dollar question since Tiger Woods announced his decision to team with “swing consultant” Chris Como last week. On Tuesday at Isleworth, Woods gave the world an answer.
In the little-known, Dallas-based swing coach Woods found a kindred spirit whose vision for the 38-year-old’s swing was in lockstep with Tiger’s.
“I was very surprised and very excited with what he thought my swing should look like,” said Woods, the host of this week’s Hero World Challenge. “My ideas aligned with Chris'.”
In simplest terms, that alignment seems to be a return to a time before Woods became fascinated with biomechanics and TrackMan data.
Since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August, Woods said he spent much of his time at his kids' soccer games and rehabilitating his injured back. He's also been studying old video of his swing, from his junior days to the most recent iteration under Sean Foley, as well as wrestling with the question “do I want to change my swing again?”
At the urging of good friend Notah Begay, Woods agreed to meet with Como, who has worked with Aaron Baddeley and Trevor Immelman. During that meeting, Woods realized he and Como shared a similar vision that would promote a return to what he did as a junior, a swing that produced effortless power and was more based on feel.
“That’s what we are trying to get back to,” said Woods, who worked with Como early Tuesday at Isleworth before speaking with the media. “It is new, but it is old.”
It also explains why Woods referred to Como as his “swing consultant” instead of his swing coach because of that shared vision and the need for a guide in this most recent process, not a game changer.
As for the timetable for his most recent change, however, Woods had no answers. When asked how long he thought it might take for his new action to take Woods shrugged, “I don’t know.”