Woods should find swing himself, says Baker-Finch

Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:20pm EST
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By Andrew Both

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods should play golf alone every day for a month to find his swing, says former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch.

"Tiger has issues with his swing. He keeps blaming his putting, but it's not his putting (that is the problem), it is his swing, and he needs to sort that out," Baker-Finch, now a commentator for CBS television, told Reuters.

Woods has played two events this year, finishing 80th at the PGA Tour's San Diego tournament and 41st at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic.

Baker-Finch worked the California event and watched the Dubai tournament on television, and he did not like what he saw from the Sean Foley-coached Woods.

The answer, said Baker-Finch, lies not in hitting thousands of balls on the range, but rather in the solitude of a couple of dozen quiet practice rounds before the Masters in April, where Woods will seek his 15th major title and first in six years.

"Tiger should shoot a score every day until his next tournament, not hit perfect shots on the range with Sean and TrackMan (a radar device players use to assess their swings)," said Baker-Finch.

"Just go play golf and enjoy getting it in the hole in the lowest number possible. I think that's what he used to do when younger."

Baker-Finch can relate to swing problems and paralysis by analysis because it was wayward driving that forced the Australian off tour only a few years after he won the 1991 British Open at Royal Birkdale.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. tees off on the fourth hole during the second round of the 2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah