Foley explains Tiger's struggles at Augusta


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One of the questions Tiger Woods fielded via social media earlier this week addressed the difference in his swing between the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by five strokes, and the Masters, where he finished T-40.

“At the Masters I was kind of struggling with my ball-striking a little bit. Sean (Foley) and I have worked on it. It had to do with my posture, my setup wasn’t quite right and takeaway,” Woods said. “I worked on that and we just needed to do hundreds of reps and it’s getting dialed in.”

On Wednesday at Quail Hollow GTC caught up with Foley while he walked with Woods during the pro-am and the swing coach offered a bit more insight into what happened last month at Augusta National.

“Alignment and posture was really the main thing,” Foley said. “Once that changes, you can have the best swing in the world, but it doesn’t matter. When you get too far away from the ball and his pelvis is losing its tilt the shoulders get turning too level in the back swing and the hips go into early extension on the downswing so the club got stuck under.”

Following Woods’ Bay Hill breakthrough Foley figured he is about 50 percent of the way to where he wants him to be with the swing and he said on Wednesday their work since the Masters has covered much of the same material.

“He’s not different than any of the rest of them,” Foley said. “The thing I have to hammer, single handily the most is ball position, posture and alignment.

“If someone is playing in the wind for three days the ball starts moving back (in a player’s stance), they start leaning on their left leg. Now all these angles change. It’s the same swing but now at impact it’s totally different.”