• Texan will 'consult' with Woods throughout the year
• Thirty-six year-old becomes Tiger's fourth pro coach
Ahead of his much-anticipated return to competitive golf at next week’s Hero World Challenge at Isleworth, Tiger Woods has announced that he is working with a new swing ‘consultant’.
The former world No.1 has teamed-up with the little-known Chris Como as he seeks to rediscover his best form.
In a tweet over the weekend, 14-time major winner Woods, 38, confirmed the partnership, saying: “Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing.”
He elaborated a little more in a subsequent statement, adding that they were introduced by Woods’ long-time friend and former Stanford University teammate, Notah Begay.
"Subsequently we had several good conversations about the golf swing," Woods said. "I've worked with him about a month since I started practicing. Chris will consult and work with me during the year."
Como also has a degree in biomechanics, which would suggest that Tiger is keen to continue working with some of the theories he embraced which under the tutelage of Foley.
Noticeably, Woods stopped short of referring to Como as his coach, although anyone reading between the lines will see that for the technicality that it is.
Como, 36, has previously worked with the likes of Aaron Baddeley and was named to Golf Digest’s list of ‘best young teachers’ in 2013 and was added to Golf Magazine’s ‘golf innovators list this year.
He becomes Tiger’s fourth coach since turning professional in 1996, following in the footsteps of Butch Harmon, fellow Texan Hank Haney, and Sean Foley, with whom Tiger split in August.
Como also has a degree in biomechanics, which would suggest that Tiger is keen to continue working with some of the theories he embraced which under the tutelage of Foley, himself a particularly ‘technical’ teacher.
All of this makes Woods’ return to action next week, in the event that benefits his own foundation, all the more interesting. How he will fare – and how long his relationship with Como will last – remains to be seen.
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