Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – A former coach of Tiger Woods said the ex-world No. 1 golfer should practice more in order to regain his old form.
“The biggest thing I see is that you have a cumulative effect of lack of practice,” said Hank Haney. “This is the biggest issue as opposed to who is going to coach him next.”
Haney made the pronouncement after Woods announced that he parted ways with another coach Sean Foley after a four-year relationship. Foley replaced Haney as Woods’ coach.
Under Haney, Woods won 31 PGA Tour titles and six major championships from 2004 to 2010, but his methods were constantly critiqued. That has been the same for Foley.
While Haney disagreed with many of the technical aspects he saw Woods employ under Foley, he acknowledged there are so many unknowns when it comes to the golfer’s his health, his practice time and how much information he used.
“Either Sean hasn’t told him the right things, he hasn’t been able to commit to it, or Tiger hasn’t tried it,” Haney said. “In all honesty, all three of those things fall on the coach. It’s part of coaching. At some point, you have to take responsibility.”
“But then again, has he had a fair chance? If Tiger hasn’t listened, that’s on the coach. If he hasn’t practiced, that is on the player. If he can’t practice, there is nothing you can do about it,” he added.
Woods is in the midst of another break from golf after an aborted restart to his 2014 season following March 31 back surgery.
He played just eight tournaments this year, withdrawing from two with injuries, missing the cut in two others and posting his best finish at Doral, a tie for 25th, in March.
He played in just two major championships, posting his worst 72-hole finish at the Open Championship (69th) and missing just his fourth cut as a pro in a major at the PGA Championship.
Last week, Woods said he would not be hitting balls “for at least a month” and is not going to return to competitive golf until the World Challenge in December.