Sean Foley has “no interest” in getting Tiger Woods to swing as he did in 2000, when the world No. 1 had arguably the greatest year in the history of golf.
“That was how he learned to swing, and he had great success with it but it was penal on the body and dependent on timing,” said Foley, who’s working with Woods this week at the Deutsche Bank tournament outside of Boston. “It was pretty looking, but it just wasn’t the most efficient way to swing.”
Woods won four straight majors from the middle of 2000 to April, 2001, but it came at a cost.
The way he snapped his left leg on the downswing, Foley and Woods agree, caused serious damage to the knee, which had to be reconstructed in 2008.
“This is nothing against Butch (Harmon, who was Woods’ coach at the time) but trying to go back to that would be a huge mistake,” Foley said. “Plus, he can’t rotate like he did when he was an elastic kid. He’s nearly 35, he doesn’t have that body anymore.”
Instead, Foley has Woods more centerd over the ball throughout his swing, putting less stress on his body and, judging by the jump in fairways and greens hit last week at The Barclays, leading to improved ball-striking.
Woods has stopped shy of anointing Foley as his new coach, but on Thursday he again spoke glowingly of how much better he was playing since starting to work with the 35-year-old Canadian three weeks ago.