After parting ways with Sean Foley in August, Tiger Woods said he’s in no hurry to find a new swing coach. In fact, Woods might forego one altogether.
Is that a good idea?
“Well, I don’t put nothing past Tiger Woods, but I think it’s a bad idea,” professional golfer Kenny Perry said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I think you need a second set of eyes. We got technology today with cameras and you got TrackMan – you got all these devices you can use – and he’s probably got a lot of film footage (from) when he was playing great back in the late ’90s, early 2000s (and) all the way up to now. He’s gone through three different instructors with three different swings from Butch Harmon to Hank Haney to Sean Foley. He’s probably got a lot in his head. He’s probably got a lot of ideas. (But) it’s always nice to have one idea – one idea that actually fits your golf swing – that you actually truly believe in, and it makes your golf swing tick. It makes your golf swing work.
“(Going alone) may help him out, I don’t know,” Perry continued. “He needs to find somebody that (can mentor him), (someone) he can talk to, (someone) he can throw ideas off of. He may be a genius. I don’t know. I’ve never really looked inside his head.
“I’ve just watched him beat my brains out for the last 30 years and make putts and great chip (shots). To me, his short game is nothing like it used to be. He never was a good driver of the golf ball – and he’s still not – but his short game got him out of trouble, and he’s not doing that very well. Consequently, his scores are definitely going up there.”
Perry said it’s very rare for an elite player to not have a swing coach.
“I don’t know of any,” he said. “I really don’t. Each one of them always has a swing coach with them. They kind of have their little posse, and you always see them working on the range at all the majors and world golf events. I don’t know of anybody out there that’s doing it alone, to tell you the truth.”
Perry was also asked about Rory McIlroy’s recent comments regarding Woods and Phil Mickelson. McIlroy claimed that the two golfing legends – who are 38 and 44, respectively – are playing “the last few holes” of their careers and are approaching retirement.
Perry, 54, found McIlroy’s comment ludicrous.
“I’m totally disagreeing with him,” he said. “I played my best golf in 2008-09. I was 48 and 49 years old. I won three times in ’08. I won twice in ’09, I lost the Masters in a playoff (and) had a great Ryder Cup. I don’t know. I don’t know what he’s thinking there. He’s won four majors. He’s confident – maybe a little arrogant there – but I still think there’s a lot of game in these guys. To me, (it’s) how much do they want it? How much do they want to push themselves to be the best again? If they want it, Rory’s going to have his hands full.”