Tiger Woods anticipates ‘very full’ schedule next season

Tiger Woods hasn’t been seen on a golf course since he missed the cut at the PGA Championship last month, but speaking on Monday about his recovery from a back injury, said he was progressing well and anticipated a full playing schedule next season.

Woods was answering questions during a news conference for the December 4-7 Hero World Challenge in Orlando; an event he hosts where the former world No.1 is scheduled to make his return. However, he explained that right now his sole aim was on regaining his strength.

"I haven't swung a golf club yet," said Woods. "I've just been shadow swinging without a club, but I've been busting my butt in the gym pretty hard.

"I've got my strength back, which is nice. Now the next goal is to get my explosiveness and my fast twitch going, and that's the next phase of my training."

14-time major winner Woods has found form and fitness hard to come by since recovering from back surgery in March. Since then he had made sporadic appearances, but decided to take an extended break from the game following his disappointing performance at the PGA Championship, which led to only the fourth missed cut of his professional career in a major.

And it was two weeks after the hurt of an early PGA Championship exit that Woods ended a four-year alliance with swing coach Sean Foley, whose redesign of the American swing failed to produce a major title.

Woods had worked with Hank Haney and Butch Harmon respectively before opting to work with Foley in August 2010, and now says he has no plans to name a new coach in the near future.

"Am I looking for a new coach? As of right now, no, I'm not," the 38-year-old said. "Right now I'm just trying to get physically better, stronger, faster, more explosive.

"I'm in no hurry to look for one right now. As I said, I'm just focused on what I'm doing."

However, Woods would not be drawn on his playing schedule for next season, despite his upbeat attitude in regards to his return to the game.

"That's all dependent on how I feel and how I'm playing when I play in the Hero World Challenge here," explained Woods. "I'm curious ... how I'm going to be feeling, how I'm going to be playing, and if I don't have any setbacks or any pain, then I foresee a very full schedule next year."

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