Tiger is ‘very enthusiastic’ about his new secret swing breakthrough

Tiger Woods plays shot at 2020 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 2020 PGA Championship.

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Players get asked about all kinds of stuff during press conferences, especially during majors. But the nervous, competitive tension is heightened during the biggest events of the season, so information that players usually share freely is kept under wraps.

Such was the case for Tiger Woods during his pre-PGA Championship press conference.

Tiger didn’t have the best of showings during his one and only start since the Tour returned. He barely made the cut, finished T40 overall, and ended 40th, 61st and 56th in SG: Driving, Around The Green and Putting, respectively (though his 5th SG: Approach performance was encouraging). His swing speed didn’t seem to hit the same heights as during previous seasons, and his putting at times looked suspect.

But if those sound like reasons to fade Tiger this week, then think again. Tiger’s coming into the year’s first major more confident than ever — “of course,” he said with a smirk when asked if he could win this week — thanks, in part, to some changes he’s been making to his game.

“The results that I’ve seen at home, I’m very enthusiastic about some of the changes I’ve made.”

Could you expand on that?

“Well, I’m not going to tell you that.”

Rest assured, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for clues throughout the week, but one thing Tiger might be referring to was a putter change. Spotted by GOLF’s own Jonathan Wall, Tiger is testing out a flatstick that he tried at the Open last year.

As for those swing keys, we’ll go full golf nerd on this and report back.

Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees all the brand’s service journalism spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.