Tiger Woods: Why Tiger Will Never Really Recover from His Recent Injuries

Immer ChriswellCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

CHUNCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 14:  U.S. golfer Tiger Woods participates in a golf teaching clinic for South Korean juniors during a Nike Golf 'Make It Happen' event at Jade Palace Golf Club on April 14, 2011 in Chuncheon, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods is currently attempting to recover from his recent knee injury.

Here's the issue, though: his injury isn't recent. It's been there long enough, and Tiger is well aware of it.

Tiger has come to know his own limitations, and the shot on 17 is not something to try unless necessary. 

However, like I said, this injury doesn't date back to just recently—it goes all the way back to Woods' early knee surgeries.

At 35, Woods has undergone four different surgeries, an astounding number for someone of his physical strength and stamina. And it has shown to have effects on his swing.

The swing changes that we saw just before Tiger left Hank Haney were an outgrowth of not working on what was best for his game. Tiger focused solely on his knee and trying to take pressure off it.

Now, it's become a problem. All of that work has people wondering whether he will ever return to true Tiger form.

The answer is tough.

We all know that true Tiger form is about completely dominating the tournament field. We also know that an injured Tiger can mean his 14th major.

The thing is, Tiger hasn't been at his best for some time.

While it's arguable that his most dominant golf was in the mid-to-late 2000s, Woods' absolute best golf was with Butch Harmon. He won the Tiger Slam and numerous golf awards throughout Harmon's time.

Then, something strange happened. Hank Haney was teaching golf again. This time, to Tiger Woods.

Why mess with perfection? Because he couldn't stand the strain his usual swing was putting on his knee, not to mention Woods' desire to control the club face and different angles more. Since then, we have had exciting golf, and a lot of golf that hasn't been exciting. That's because nobody dominates tournaments the way he did, nobody makes putts like he used to. It's just normal golf—it gets pretty boring.

It's not even like the guys on the tour are bad, they just aren't exciting.

Unless Sergio Garcia, Luke Donald, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson or even a few others are in the field, golf can get pretty boring for the weekend..

Even Tiger can't deny it—age is one of those things that everyone experiences. Gone are the days where he could swing like a mad man, firing his knees as he swung through.

After enough surgeries, sprains and tears, it's impossible to play 25 when you're really 35. The injuries add up.

Just ask Tiger about his last injury.

He will never fully recover because he never has recovered.

If he did, he would have been back to playing somewhat consistent golf. Instead, he's left tinkering with a swing that will hopefully allow him to continue at a high level for more than 3 years and two more surgeries.

For better or for worse, Tiger Woods may never be the same again.