If Tiger Woods is going to be relevant in 2009, he'll have to use baby steps. That is, working on the short game, testing the knee with all golf shots and being able to practice everything for an extended period of time so he knows he can play again.
I think most of those boxes have been checked, as Tiger revealed on his website that his is, in fact, hitting his driver and long irons again, even if he still isn't totally sure of the date of his comeback.
"As I had hoped, after January 1, I started hitting longer irons and my driver," Woods said Monday. "I'm not swinging as hard as I can, but I'm working towards that goal."
He has also admitted to playing a few holes with coach Hank Haney, even though he didn't admit to what he shot on those holes, so I guess you can let your imagination wander.
Tiger Woods, Still Building to Return, Now Hitting Long Irons and Drivers originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:12:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.