Tiger Woods unsure if more swing changes necessary following surgery

As Tiger Woods is set to miss this The Players Championship this week after undergoing microdisectomy surgery to his troubled back over one month ago, the World No. 1 doesn’t know if he’ll have to adjust his swing once again. 

Via his official website on Monday, Woods explained that his recovery is going slowly, and that he and his swing coach will have to look at how his body responds to going under the knife: 

“Once I begin swinging a club again, I’m not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back; that’s up to Sean Foley and me on what we do.”

Woods last made a major swing change following his 2008 U.S. Open victory after which he tore his ACL and suffered a fracture to his troubled left leg. His new motion places much less stress on the ligaments in his leading knee and allows him to finish through the hitting area with less stress. 

If he has to do the same with his back, it could cost him valuable distance off the tee, something that’s been an advantage for him throughout his career. At this point, he needs every advantage at his disposal as he’s running out of time to eclipse Jack Nickalus’ record of 18 professional majors. Woods remains stuck on 14, with his last victory coming in 2008. 

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