Mahan: Woods was 'terrible ball-striker' before Foley


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – After missing the cut last Friday at the Wells Fargo Championship, Tiger Woods explained the idea that he needs to feel uncomfortable to swing his best.

If I get over the golf ball, and I feel uncomfortable, I hit it great, Woods said. It's just that I get out there, and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff, and I hit it awful.

On Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, Hunter Mahan, who like Woods is coached by Sean Foley, understood where Woods was coming from with his comments at Quail Hollow.

I remember playing with (Woods) at Bay Hill, he was telling me what he was trying to do, and I could see him when he was swinging, he would just kind of fall back into it, and then he wouldn't hit the shot he was hoping for, and he knew it, Mahan said.

That's the tough thing with instincts and feelings. You think you're there, but you're just not. You have to go deeper. You have to get into a different position.

Mahan, however, explained that he didnt go through the same growing pains as Woods when he first started working with Foley.

It's been probably a little more gradual than Tiger's change because I mean, I was a good ballstriker when I went to Sean, and we just got better, Mahan said. Tiger was a terrible ball-striker, so he had to work so hard on getting back to planet earth, back to where he was before.

From where Woods was before he started working with Foley in late 2010, Mahan has seen a world of improving, pointing out on Tuesday that Woods is currently fourth in total driving.

Someone needs to check hell because it might have frozen over, he smiled. His knowledge of the game (before going to work with Foley) was so bad, which was shocking to me, telling me what he was trying to do. I was just kind of confused and like, how can a guy this good not know anything about his swing and how wrong he is?