Woods need for speed


THOUSAND OAKS, Calf. – Although Tiger Woods still has nine more holes before he can announce the “comeback” thoroughly underway – Graeme McDowell has closed the gap to one stroke at the Chevron World Challenge – the new swing has received rave reviews.

One common assessment is that he is hitting it further than ever. On Tuesday Woods estimated he’s “7 to 8” yards longer off the tee with his new swing under coach Sean Foley, but statistics suggest there was room for improvement in that area.

Woods’ club head speed this season (118.84 mph) was the lowest it’s been since 2007, the year the PGA Tour began keeping that stat. That’s down nearly 6 mph compared to his career high of 124.63 mph in 2008.