Tiger cleared for full golf activities

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Tiger cleared for full golf activities

Six months after fusion surgery on his lower back kept him from swinging a golf club until recently, Tiger Woods has been cleared to resume full golf activity with no restrictions.

Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, said Monday that the 14-time major champion met with the doctor who performed the surgery on April 19 for a checkup late last week.

"He got a nice report and is allowed to proceed," Steinberg said. "He can do as much as he needs to do. Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly. This is good, but he plans to do it the right way."

 

Starting on Oct. 7, Woods has posted video of himself swinging a golf club three times. Previously he had been limited to 60-yard pitch shots, and he said three weeks ago at the Presidents Cup that he was restricted on the amount of twisting he could do.

But the videos show full shots, and Woods clearly felt good enough about his progress to post them. The driver is significant because it is the longest club that requires the most torque.

Steinberg said Woods has not reported any pain associated with golf swings, but he could not offer any ideas on a competitive return, including for the Hero World Challenge in December, where Woods returned after a long layoff a year ago.

"We have not even talked about it," Steinberg said. "We will see what each day brings, what each week brings."

Woods, 41, has not played since withdrawing from a February tournament in Dubai. It was just his third tournament start after more than a year away following his third back surgery in 2015. Woods has missed all of the major championships the past two years.

DON
For Tiger's sake, I hope he

For Tiger's sake, I hope he has learned how to swing a golf club with OUT all the jerky motions in his swing, as he has had for the last 15 years that I have seen him play. It would be smart for him to learn to swing a club morm like Ernie Els, who has a much smoother swing with out all the jerkyness. Same thing can be said for Fredie Couple. Smooth and easy swing that still hits the ball a long way. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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Tiger

I did see a video of him swinging his driver, it is pretty apparent he is still favoring his back, which is understandable.

It's not how...it's how many

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Mayebe he should talk to Els

Mayebe he should talk to Els or Freddy couples...smooth easy swings

Golf is a game that can only be played...

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DON
It Might Not Hurt

 

All pun intended, it might not hurt to talk to Els and Couples to see if he can learn to swing easy and NOT hurt his old body all the time. 

I think it's pretty clear that what he has been doing for the last few years is NOT working to keep his bocy together. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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Being smooth and easy doesn't

Being smooth and easy doesn't guarantee anything.  Fred Couples has always had back issues.  You can play at golf with a bad back, but i don't see anyone being competitive other than fleetingly with a bad back in the current competitive environment.

I'm not sure what it is that did Tiger in, but there will be volumes written about it! 

DON
While it is true that

While it is true that Coulples has had back issues for a long time, I'd be willing to wager that his smooth easy swing is a main reason he has been able to play as well and as long as he has with his bad back. And while an easy smooth swing may not prevent a back problem, a Hard jerky swing is going to lead to back and other pain issues before long. ​ ​I can not imagine how bad Couple's back would be if he swung as hard and jerky as Tiger does. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.