Tiger Woods was the 2019 Masters green jacket winner and arguably the best golfer in the history of the game. Tiger’s most recent victory at Augusta National might have just been the most impressive win in his illustrious career.
Woods has been at the center of personal and injury problems over the last decade and as of the 2017 Presidents Cup, it was unclear if Woods would ever be able to hit a golf ball again. Since he has exploded back onto the golf scene, the question we are all dying to know is…
Who is Tiger Woods’ swing coach?
True Tiger fans probably already know the answer to this question, but if you don’t follow Tiger closely it might come as a surprise to you that Tiger hasn’t had an official swing coach since December 2017. Woods made the decision to embark on his most recent comeback without a swing coach, but he does have a group of key people that he surrounds himself with.
Woods’ support group is a small close-knit one. One would think that he has a big entourage that travels around with him to tournaments but this isn’t the case. Let’s take a closer look at who makes the cut into Tiger’s inner circle.
Tiger’s mom has and continues to be a very important part of his support team. She has been around for his entire career and she is someone that Tiger relies on through both the good and bad times.
Sam and Charlie Woods
Tiger’s kids are an important part of his life. To have both of his kids present at his victory at the Masters was an extremely emotional moment for Woods. Sam was a toddler when he won his last major, and Charlie wasn’t born until 2009.
Tiger’s personal life has been under the microscope, everything from his failed marriage to his affairs have been all over the news. Tiger’s current girlfriend, Erica Herman, has been an integral part of his support team.
She was in attendance when Tiger won the Tour Championships in 2018, she also accompanied Woods to the 2018 Ryder Cup and most recently she was with Tiger every step of the way at Augusta.
Herman, a manager at one of Woods’ restaurants in Jupiter, FL (near West Palm Beach) has reportedly been very influential in his comeback and the success that he has achieved in the last 12 months.
Lacava has been on Woods’ bag since 2011. Lacava has stuck by Woods through some very difficult times and Woods’ has been very vocal about their relationship and the role that he has played in his comeback.
Rob McNamara, Mark Steinberg, Glenn Greenspan
In addition to his bodyguard, Tiger’s agent, friend and spokesman are all regular features in his support team at tournaments. Tiger’s agent, Mark Steinberg, has been with Woods since 1998. Glenn Greenspan has been Tiger’s spokesman since 2008, and Rob McNamara is one of Tiger’s closest friends.
Rob and Tiger have known each other since their junior golfing days. McNamara is the president of Woods’ TGR Ventures. Rob knowns Tiger’s swing almost better than anyone and Woods consults him on a regular basis since he chose to not employ a full-time swing coach.
Tiger’s Previous Coaches
Although Tiger hasn’t had a full-time swing coach since the end of 2017, over the past 20+ years he has had multiple high profile coaches that have all contributed to his success. Let’s take a closer look at Tiger’s previous golf coaches.
Chris Como 2014 – 2017
Woods struggled with injury throughout the time that he worked with Como. Tiger’s best finish while working with Como was a tied 10th finish at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Como is a very technical coach and many thought that he wasn’t the right fit for Woods. Their split was amicable and they remain friends.
Sean Foley 2010 – 2014
Woods won 9 times while working with Foley. 2013 was their best season together, Tiger had 5 victories and also reclaimed the number 1 ranking in the world in 2013. While working with Foley Tiger gained distance and he also became a fade-bias player. Woods still relies heavily on the fade ball flight and it was evident in his 5th victory at Augusta.
Hank Haney 2004 – 2010
Woods was very successful in the time that he worked with Haney. Under Haney’s guidance Woods’ won 6 majors and 31 PGA Tour titles. Haney was scrutinized by many when he released a tell-all book after their split titled: ‘The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods’. The book became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
Butch Harmon 1993 – 2004
Harmon is considered by many as the best coach in the world. During their 11 year relationship, Woods won 8 majors and 34 PGA Tour titles. Tiger also won the Tiger slam while working with Harmon in 2000 and 2001. Harmon coached the likes of Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson and he still works with Rickie Fowler and current world number 1 Dustin Johnson.
Breakdown of Tiger’s Current Golf Swing
Tiger’s post back fusion golf swing is very impressive, what’s even more impressive is that he is swinging the golf club faster than ever. His swing in 2019 looks powerful, controlled, and free.
This video compiled by Golf Digest gives us insight into Tiger’s new swing and how he has changed his swing after his back fusion. Renowned golf coach Jim McLean breaks down Tiger’s new swing and gives us insights as to why it is so effective.
Tiger’s most recent comeback is remarkable and we are all dying to see what else he has in store as the season continues. He has overcome personal and professional setbacks, possible career-ending injuries, and a tell-all book by his previous coach, Hank Haney.
Tiger is in a very good space at the moment and his decision to not employ a swing coach seems to be working pretty well. Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods’ swing coach and he is doing a phenomenal job.