PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Butch Harmon has officially weighed in on Tiger Woods’ comeback.
Harmon is Woods’ former swing coach. He was thrown into some controversy over Woods’ swing mechanics Wednesday when NBC’s Johnny Miller said Woods should leave coach Hank Haney and return to the swing he used under Harmon when Woods won four consecutive majors in 2000 and ’01.
In an interview Wednesday with Matt Adams on PGA Tour Network/Sirius XM Radio, Harmon said Woods probably shouldn’t even be playing now.
“His game is in disarray, there’s no doubt about that,” Harmon said.
“Anybody that plays golf can look out there and see that he's not Tiger Woods, but until he gets his head on straight, and he gets things in his mind settled, with some professional help I would add, I think it's going to be a while before we see the old Tiger Woods. He will figure out the mechanical part of it, the physical part of it. It's the mental part of it. I think that's hurting him.”
Harmon said he got a chance to see Woods close up while working with Dustin Johnson on the range on Wednesday. He saw trajectory and other problems in Woods' swing, but he said the problem is probably more “inside his head.” He also said he saw how personal issues off the course affected Phil Mickelson’s game as he worked with Mickelson earlier this year. He was speaking of Mickelson’s wife, Amy, and her treatment for breast cancer.
“I think if I was still on [Woods’] team, I would advise him really not to play much this year, maybe just play in the majors,” Harmon said. “Get some professional help, try and get your head back on straight, try to get some semblance of a normal life. That’s going to be hard for him to get, for everything that's happened.”