Tiger Woods is at a turning point in his career. I know it may be a shock to read that, because many assume that Tiger is just on a downswing or at his rock bottom. However, now more than ever, Tiger controls his own fate. He is sitting on a pivot, if you will.
We all know his current marital status, so let's not rehash any of that. It's old news to be honest. It is not affecting Tiger, so any fan who thinks it is, you are delusional. The man has a stoic, almost emotionless presence. He's over what happened and is looking for things to improve each week.
Back to Tiger's fate. Tiger really does have his fate in his hands. It's not beyond him in any way to bring it back, and I hope nobody is thinking otherwise.
What Tiger needs to do is decide on some keys to the golf game and the competition.
Starting with his swing. Tiger needs to stop worrying about the technical elements of it. Of all the weeks, I would have to say this week was the worst his swing looked in general since Sean Foley took over. One of the things I took from his interview that ESPN has is that he is thinking about his swing "every time." Any golfer will tell you that doesn't work.
What Tiger needs to get to in his swing is a tempo. If you ever watched Tiger when he was with Harmon, maybe at Pebble Beach, he had this nice pause at the top, which was followed by a perfectly planed motion.
Can Tiger get his game back and win this year?
I don't think Sean Foley would be against Tiger slowing down his swing. If you watch Hunter Mahan, one of Foley's students, he certainly doesn't take his mightiest rip at the ball. If Tiger was to take to a slightly slower motion, his consistency would improve without a doubt.
Once he has a feel and is hitting the ball to his liking, he just needs to stop with the numbers, stop with the analysis, and just have Foley help him maintain what he has.
Tiger also needs to keep in mind his short game. He would not have lost had he gotten up and down twice on the back or made a putt on 17 like he did 18. If Tiger decides that he is going to become enamored with his golf swing and neglect his short game and putting, he will have chosen his own demise. I think it's obvious to say that right now if Tiger picked up his short game he would be competitive even with his swing issues, so I'd call that priority.
The last item Tiger needs to address is his schedule. It's time to realize that playing only on courses he likes, only when he wants to, only when he feels he is going to win will not help him. Plus, let's face the numbers. At a win percentage of 25, the more Tiger plays, the more his chances of winning once will happen. And from that, the floodgates open.
He has to consciously choose to grind it out and play more golf. If he doesn't, yet again he can credit all of his losses to poor decision making (which we know Tiger is capable of).
Just an added thought for what Tiger should do. This is completely optional, but strongly suggested; I want to know who the real Tiger Woods is. If he is a stoic, emotionless person then keep being it. If he has a personality that is different though, I would hope he decides for the good of his name to bring it out.
I watched Rickie Fowler lose to Matt Kuchar today. He smiled when he shook his hand. He didn't give that frustrated/confused look that Tiger had plastered on him. Obviously, this won't change his game. But it could change his image.
There are three things Tiger Woods needs to decide on. If he acts properly on them, then I wouldn't doubt him bringing home a major this year. But if he decides to keep trying to avoid the true issues, I can't predict what year it will be when Tiger Woods wins again. And no, I am not being melodramatic.
So if you're wondering where he goes from here, it's the driving range. He has a daily routine, but he will be at the course later tomorrow afternoon. That's where he should be, because it's where golfers work things out.