Even the world’s best golfers need someone to coach and guide them. This was what happened when former world No.1 Tiger Woods announced in 2016 that he has appointed Chris Como to be his swing coach. He wrote in his Twitter account then that he is glad to be back competing with Como coaching to improve on his swing.
Woods trying to regain his swing
Woods has been struggling with a back injury prior to that and the announcement pretty much showed that he is ready to hit the circuit again. With Como at the helm, it might mean that Tiger is ready to hit full shots after some disappointing results coming from his injury.
Who exactly was Chris Cuomo?
Chris Como comes from the Dallas area which is the same place as Tiger’s former coach Hank Haney. The 37-year old coach is based around Plano at the Gleneagles Country Club where he has coached the likes of Aaron Baddeley, Jamie Lovemark and Trevor Immelman. Before this, Tiger was coached by Sean Foley, whom he severed ties with some 3 months back. While Como might not be as renowned, it seems that Tiger was impressed when he heard what Como had to say about what his swing should be like. Tiger has been rehabilitating since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August 2016.
Wood’s history of swing coaches
So, did Cuomo improve the game for Tiger and more importantly, his swing? The results speak for themselves as we examine the coaches that Tiger came under over the years.
- Butch Harmon – When Tiger started till 2002. Under Harmon’s coaching, Tiger won 34 PGA tours. Butch was the man who brought Tiger out onto the limelight. About half of his major titles were won during his time with Butch. This was the time when Tiger’s swing was as incredible as it could be as he showed the world what he was capable of and what he was going to bring to the golf game.
- Post Butch till February 2004 – This was a time when Tiger was on his own without an official coach. It was said then that he was still getting pointers from Butch while some said he did have unofficial coaching from Mark O’Meara. Throughout this period, Tiger won 2 WGC titles and had 6 PGA wins. However, it was also the first time since 1998 that he went without any major win for a year.
- Hank Haney – Longest-serving coach. Starting in March 2004, Tiger appointed Hank Haney who gave Tiger his best win percentage in the regular tour. This would be the longest-serving coach for Tiger but was also the sourest. Under Hank, Tiger had 9 WGC wins. The partnership was also embroiled in controversy over the infamous sex scandal that came around then.
- Sean Foley – From 2010 to 2014. Foley was the man tasked to improve Tiger’s swing (and confidence after the scandal). They did so in fashion after Tiger took 2013 by storm and regained his World No.1 spot that year. Tiger then dominated in 2013 winning five times while returning to World Number 1. In 2014, Tiger had suffered back injuries and could not continue with Foley.
- Chris Como – September 2014 to December 2017. The partnership ended amicably after Tiger only played in 4 major championships. He was absent between 2016 and 2017 with no major wins under Chris. It was Tiger’s back injury that impacted most of this partnership, prompting Tiger to go on his own ever since.
Since January 2018, Tiger has been on his own after several surgeries on his back. Tiger won his first Masters in 12 years in 2019 and has been deemed as one of the greatest golf comebacks in history.