ORLANDO, Fla. – Tiger Woods nearly broke the internet last week at the Valspar Championship when he produced a club-head speed of 129.2 mph on the 14th hole during Saturday’s third round, the fastest on the PGA Tour this season.
After four back surgeries, including fusion surgery to his lower back in April, Woods has talked extensively about learning his body and new swing. But when asked on Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational how he was able to produce such speed he had no answer.
“Dude, if I knew I’d tell you,” he smiled.
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Woods explained that he used to use a 43-inch steel shaft on his driver and could produce club-head speed of about 126 mph. He now uses a longer, lighter shaft in his driver, which helps produce more speed, but he still doesn’t have an exact answer.
“I went through years where I just couldn’t get speed,” he said. “Now all of a sudden it’s just happening. We think amongst my inner circle that I was living in so much pain I didn’t know it and I was just going through that slide of just protecting, playing around it and I didn’t know why.”
Woods currently ranks second on Tour with a 122.4 mph average club-head speed. In 2013, his last full season on Tour, his average was 118.3 mph, which ranked 28th on Tour.