It might have been the Dream Team pairing of golfer and teacher over a decade ago, but don't think Tiger Woods will be returning to Butch Harmon after the announcement that he would be parting ways with Sean Foley.
This is all according to Harmon, the 70-year-old instructor that worked with Woods up until 2004 and was a part of eight of the 14 majors Tiger was able to win.
Harmon told the Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard that with Woods coachless once more, a reunion between the two isn't just unlikely, but it won't be happening.
“No I would not and he’s not going to call and ask,” Harmon told the Golf Channel. “I don’t think he needs a swing coach. If I were advising Tiger I’d tell him, ‘You’re the greatest player that ever lived, just go to the range and hit shots.'"
While it's a simple thought to put in the head of someone like Tiger Woods, Harmon's point is a pretty solid one. Woods used to pride himself on hitting every shot, showing it off on the range with something he called "The Nine Shots," where he'd hit low, medium and high fades, straight balls and draws. Woods has since transformed his golf swing into a miss-free move, something that focuses on just one side of the golf course in hope of completely taking out the left side of the golf course (draws are a no-no with this philosophy).
For Tiger, just going out and showing how great you are might be the best advice he could get. Go back to pulling off all the golf shots, if he's mentally and physically able to do so.
The issue with Foley wasn't so much the man behind the camera as much as it was the health of Tiger himself. Driving a Ferrari is a special experience, but it sure isn't as fun when the engine keeps dying and the transmission won't go into gear. That was Tiger for a lot of his time with Foley, a great golfer who just couldn't get all the parts to work perfectly at the same time.
No matter who Woods ends up going with as his next instructor, finding someone that will just allow Woods to go back to just golfing would be a smart choice.
Like Harmon said, this guy is one of the best to ever pick up a golf club. When healthy, he still has the ability to be that, and hopefully his next choice of instructor will think something similar.
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