Nov
22
2014
Tiger Woods hires new “swing consultant”
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Nothing like news related to Tiger Woods to kick off your Saturday. (I mean, some of us actually have plans on the weekend and can’t post such important news right away!) So, as you already probably know by now, Woods tweeted that he is now working and consulting on his swing with Dallas-based instructor, Chris Como. He did not name Como, a biomechanics specialist of the golf swing, as his official swing coach. (Semantics?)

 

Como works out of Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas. The 37-year-old instructor is finishing a master’s degree at Texas Woman’s University under Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon, according to Golf Digest. He was named as one of the publication’s “Best Young Teachers.” Como also works with Aaron Baddeley, Trevor Immelman and Jamie Lovemark.

Como will serve as Woods’ fourth swing coach (or “consultant”) as a professional, following in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, and most recently Sean Foley. Woods split with Foley in August and offered no timetable for a replacement. According to a statement released by Woods, he has been working with Como for about a month.

“I was introduced to Chris this summer by Notah (Begay III), and subsequently we had several good conversations about the golf swing,” Woods said in the statement sent out by his 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.”

“It’s dramatically going to change his life,” Begay told The Golf Channel.

“They’ve really been able to share their ideas. It’s kind of been a symbiotic partnership where each part is playing a role in the development of (Woods’) golf swing.”

Begay also said he’s spoken with Como “extensively” for the last couple of weeks to try and prepare him for this moment.

Foley told GolfChannel.com that it was like asking for child-rearing advice by first-time expectant parents.

“My advice is to just enjoy the ride,” he offered. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would stay true to myself, focus on my player and not really pay attention to everything else around it. I was able to do that and professionally it was four years of an unbelievable learning experience. I got to sit behind who I think is the greatest player of all time and work with him.”

Shortly after Woods tweeted the announcement, Como’s website crashed. You can also find Como on Twitter.

Woods endured microdiscectomy surgery on his back on March 31st and he attempted to return to competition in early July. He only played in seven PGA Tour events last season, with a missed cut at the PGA Championship in August being his last. Woods has said he plans to return to competition December 4-7 at the Hero World Challenge, which benefits his foundation and where he acts as host.