Former Coach Reveals the Issues He faced With Tiger Woods

Published 11/13/2021, 3:02 PM EST
DORAL, FL – MARCH 06: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 6, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Sean Foley is one of the most well-known swing coaches on the PGA Tour. He has worked with players like Justin Rose, Cameron Champ, and even Tiger Woods in the past. Moreover, Foley was with the legendary Woods for about five years, but sadly, wasn’t able to get the best out of him. However, Tiger managed to win five events in 2013, and it was the only successful run he had under Foley. 

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But to be fair to Sean Foley, back injuries and driver struggle marred most of his tenure with Woods. He recently opened up about the criticism he received for his coaching style, following his disappointing tenure with Woods. 

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Sean Foley believes he probably over-coached Tiger Woods

The prominent swing coach Sean Foley recently appeared on the Off Course with Claude Harmon. There he revealed his experience of coaching Tiger Woods and admitted that he has committed mistakes. “I would say, at that time, I was still too methodological,” said Foley.

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Moreover, he said that he couldn’t understand what Tiger was going through in his personal life. He probably underestimated the state that he was in during that period. Hence, it hampered Tiger as a player as well.

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“So I think that really shows that when you go from being invincible to visible, it’s really difficult,” Foley continued. “And so I think I over-coached him in the sense that I thought a lot of the issues were technical, more so than where they’re at. But that being said, I could say that about everyone I’ve coached. You don’t get it right all the time.”

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 16: Tiger Woods of the United States stands on the 13th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational on February 16, 2020 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Sean Foley is well-known for his extreme technical knowledge of golf swing. However, becoming too technical sometimes hampers the growth or consistency of a player. Hence, Foley started receiving plenty of criticism, and the duo finally parted ways in 2014. 

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In his parting statement, Woods thanked Sean for his help as a coach and a friend. Notably, Foley recently also revealed that they are still very close with each other. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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