Tiger Woods has a new pair of eyes looking at his golf swing. On Saturday, Woods tweeted he had found a new golf coach.
Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) November 22, 2014
The 36-year-old Como is based in Plano, Texas. He’s worked with tour players, including Aaron Baddeley, who, curiously enough, had to overcome a transition to the Stack and Tilt swing philosophy in the mid-2000s. Woods’ prior coach, Sean Foley, teaches aspects of Stack and Tilt in his swing, although the Canadian didn’t fully embrace the approach.
Como looks at the golf swing from a scientific perspective, pursuing a Masters in biomechanics at Texas Women’s University. His exploration of the golf swing as a coordinated set of motions has led him to debunk some long-taught views on the swing. Woods, who clearly has an interest in a deep, technical understanding of his golf swing, probably found himself intellectually stimulated talking to Como, who was introduced to the former world No. 1 by friend Notah Begay III.
“I was introduced to Chris this summer by Notah [Begay], and subsequently we had several good conversations about the golf swing,” Woods said in a release provided by agent Mark Steinberg. “I’ve worked with him about a month since I started practicing. Chris will consult and work with me during the year.”
Woods fired Foley in August, saying he would take his time in identifying a new coach. Como will be Woods’ fourth coach since turning pro in 1996. Woods worked with Butch Harmon from ’96 through 2003, at which point Hank Haney took over until May 2010. Foley and Woods parted ways after the PGA Championship, capping an injury-plagued season where Woods failed to post a single top-10 finish on the PGA Tour.
It’s expected Woods will make his return to competitive golf on December 4, playing in his Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Fla.