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Tiger Woods announces split with swing coach Chris Como



The last we saw from Tiger Woods in competition, he finished T9 at the 2017 Hero World Challenge, where his swing looked compact but strong, often hitting 179-180 mph ball speed with the driver. But it seems he was not working with swing coach Chris Como, with whom he’s worked with since November 2015.

Woods confirmed via Twitter on Friday that he has officially split with swing coach Chris Como, saying that he is going to “do this on my own” going forward. Woods also says that during his recent comeback, he has been “primarily relying on my feel and previous years of hard work with Chris,” likely meaning that he hasn’t worked with Como since his spinal fusion surgery.

Here’s Tiger’s announcement via Twitter:


We’ve seen many renditions of a Tiger Woods swing while on Tour; Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, Sean Foley and Chris Como have all shaped Tiger’s swing in different ways. Are we now entering into the “Tiger Woods” version of a Tiger Woods swing? If not, who do you think Tiger will enlist as his next swing coach?

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  1. Steve Wozeniak

    Dec 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Duh…….it was clear he had not been working on that swinging left GARBAGE…..nice to see him start covering it again. As long as he keeps working on the right things he will get better and better, it has always been simple to fix.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

  2. Paul Shirley

    Dec 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    tiger is a great golfer and does not need anyone to teach him a new swing , i think any pro that has had 4-5 teachers changing his swing would be a basket case and would get hurt .

    tiger is not done and i think he will win a major this year .

  3. The Antihipster Hippie

    Dec 24, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Well, there’s no doubt his swing looked the most athletic it has in years at the Hero. If he keeps playing golf instead of swing I think he’s got a lot of wins left in him. I’m not a particular fan, but I sure would like to see him close out his PGA career on a higher note!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Science conquers all all all… cause feel is not real real real… and Tiger is all feel feel feel …. swinging with abandon

      • Happy Gilmore

        Dec 24, 2017 at 2:24 am

        You must be on even better drugs than Tiger was. Go to sleep.

        • peter

          Dec 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

          …. and for you Tiger IS golf… and HE is your drug high. gth.

      • Boyo

        Dec 26, 2017 at 11:23 am

        DB’s will be DB’s.

  4. Keith L Berry

    Dec 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Thank God, Tiger is the best feel Golfer on the planet.
    All of those swing coaches helped take away that core feeling you get when it’s just you and you alone hitting the golf ball.
    Maybe he will get that famous touch he had back around the greens.
    Watch Out if that happens!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:39 am

      Hit hit hit the ball,
      That’s all all all!
      Swing da club club club,
      An’ don’ flub flub flub!
      Golf is easy easy easy,
      An’ breezy breezy breezy!!
      Tiger Tiger Tiger,
      The driver driver driver!

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Dec 23, 2017 at 3:55 am

    Woods knows a ton about the golf swing and of course knows how to swing a club. Getting less technical and more feel based may be best. Looks like the last few years he was playing golf swing instead of playing golf. It will be interesting to watch.

    • roger

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yup… Tiger is a feel-based sorta guy … golf, children, women, golf …..

  6. LarryG

    Dec 23, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Brian Manzella would fix Tiger’s swing once and for all … with help from Zick and Sasho too …!
    Brian would overhaul Tiger’s Alpha, Beta and Gamma swing torques and other miscellaneous forces that reside in the hand paths.

    • Boyo

      Dec 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Everybody talking about how to fix a guy that has won %25 of every tournament he has ever entered.

  7. CB

    Dec 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm


  8. HennyBogan67

    Dec 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    This is the best news I’ve heard in 10 years. Tiger knows how to hit it as well as anyone in the last 25 years. I kept saying he should stuff his ears with cotton and hit balls until his hands bleed. This guy has a better swing than anyone out there if he just lets go. May the Force be with him!

    • peter

      Dec 24, 2017 at 1:43 am

      He was great until he joined the Dark Side…. and slid slid slid into the murky waters of pain and confusion … ah such is life …..!!!

  9. Dat

    Dec 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Good move! Tiger can do it on his own now, I believe it is for the best.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:32 am

      There’s a big difference between a young and old tiger in the golf jungles. It’s the younger tigers who vanquishes the old tigers to advance the golfing species.

  10. Don

    Dec 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Well it’s about time. The tinkerer wasn’t really going to listen to anyone anyways. I believe Butch said he should be doing this well.

    Let’s all look forward to seeing what a Tiger endorsed Tiger swing looks like.

    • LarryG

      Dec 23, 2017 at 2:35 am

      Tiger believes he can resurrect his golf swing by feeling his way through the kinetics and kinematics because feeling and love conquers all.

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I wasn’t ready for the 2019 Rules of Golf



We weren’t ready. We thought we were, but we weren’t.

For the last year, the USGA reminded us that in 2019 Rules of Golf were coming, but we didn’t listen. We heard the flag stick could remain in and we heard that you could take a penalty drop from knee-height.

But we didn’t listen.

I bet none of you have even practiced using your putter to flatten the entire green between your ball and the cup. You can do that now.

I’m also sure that you and I will continue to hover our club in all hazards, er, penalty areas. Yeah, we’re calling it a penalty area now.

The USGA went to the extreme depths of changing words all to simplify the game for you.

I don’t think the USGA listened either.

The rule changes were intended to speed up play and simplify golf for amateurs. Seems like a good idea. In turn, they may have bamboozled the PGA Tour while confusing the only amateurs who kind-of, sort-of knew the rules.

The pros didn’t need a new rule book, the amateurs just needed a simple one.

Us “locals” as the USGA refers to amateurs, do have one extremely fluid perk. When hitting a ball OB, or following a lost ball, you can drop with a two-stroke penalty instead of walking back to the tee. This of course, is dependent on your course, head professional, tournament conditions, and other factors including and not limited to what phase the moon is in.

If that’s somewhat confusing, read up, ask about your local rules, and buy a few extra sleeves. Reason being, in 2019, the limit on searching for a golf ball has been cut from five to three minutes.


But wait, there’s good news.

Thanks to the USGA, if you accidentally move your ball as you frantically high-step through fescue, it’s no longer a penalty! What an exciting 180 seconds that will be!

If you somehow don’t find your golf ball in the hazard penalty area, the USGA tried to help us out, which they did, yet regrettably took away a more iconic portrait on the golf course.

The rigid, stoic stance and forceful drop of a ball at shoulder-height.

And we let it happen.

Now, we’ll watch a defeated man deliberately bend to his knees and gingerly drop his ball…Which, by the way, appears to be a convenient way for cheaters to “take a drop” that ideally doubles as “identifying my first ball”.

Don’t even get me started on the back issues this could flare up.

We heard in late 2018 that Bryson DeChambeau would use the flagstick when the odds were in his favor. He even laid it out simply for us.

“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick.”


We didn’t listen Bryson, we didn’t believe. We also have absolutely no clue what you’re talking about.

But hey, as Bryson would say, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Yeah, he’d clearly never say that, but here’s to hoping!

We heard he would do it, but we didn’t believe it. We had to see to believe. What we saw was DeChambeau first in strokes gained putting in the very first round he was allowed to do it.

Obviously, this trend will continue for DeChambeau, and others may join in, because what is golf if not a constant chase for a marginally better opportunity at success.

Watch your back, because those others that may join in could be closer than you think. You may turn around to find a fellow member asking for the flag on their next 12-footer.

It should be a fun year of commentary and confusion at your local club and on the PGA tour. Professionals will have constant questions for rules officials, and commentators will consistently question Bryson’s methods.

There is one real question I hope is answered this April.

What will we do when Bryson banks in a downhill putt at No. 2 of Augusta?

Will we be ready? Will Augusta?

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Stewart Cink pens multi-year deal with Ping



Ping Golf has announced that six-time winner on the PGA Tour, Stewart Cink, has signed a multi-year deal with the company.

The deal will see the American play a minimum of 11 Ping clubs, as he looks to end an almost decade long winless streak on the PGA Tour. Cink had previously been an equipment-free agent (having been a Nike man prior to that) although he had been using Ping clubs for the majority of the last season.

Speaking on the addition of Stewart Cink to Team Ping, company president John K. Solheim stated

“Stewart has a long track record of success and overall consistency, evidenced by his wins, top 10s in majors, and the fact that he has competed on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams and in four Presidents Cups.

“He has instant credibility, and we know him well because he has played Ping irons for many years. Our tour staff has been impressed by his professionalism and his knowledge of equipment. We’re delighted to be associated with Stewart.”

Cink will make his first start as a Ping staff player at this week’s Sony Open. According to the company, the 2009 Open Championship winner is expected to have Ping’s G400 LST driver, G400 fairways woods, i25 irons and Sigma 2 Arna putter in the bag this week at Waialae Country Club.

No details of the financial terms of the arrangement have been disclosed.

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Charles Howell III’s winning WITB: 2018 RSM Classic



Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15, 21 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, Titleist 718 AP2 (5-7), Titleist 718 CB (8-PW)
Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

SEA ISLAND, GA – NOVEMBER 17: Charles Howell lll tees off on the eighth hole tee box during the third round of The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort Seaside Course on November 17, 2018 in Sea Island, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR)

RELATED: See what members are saying about CH III’s equipment in the forums.

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