16 Sep 2014

Woods anticipates full playing schedule

9:54 am on 16 September 2014

Tiger Woods is yet to swing a golf club since missing the cut at last month's PGA Championship but says his recovery from a back injury is progressing well and that he's anticipating a full playing schedule next year.

Woods, speaking during a news conference for December's Hero World Challenge in Orlando, an event he hosts and where the former world number one is scheduled to make his return, says his focus until now has been solely on regaining his strength.

Tiger Woods chase for major titles has stalled at 14 with on going back problems.

Tiger Woods chase for major titles has stalled at 14 with on going back problems. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Woods says he hasn't swung a golf club yet, he's just been shadow swinging without a club, but he's been busting his butt in the gym pretty hard.

He says he's got his strength back, now the next goal is to get his explosiveness and his fast twitch going, and that's the next phase of his training.

Woods, a 14-times major winner, has struggled to find form since recovering from back surgery in late March and his disappointing performance at the PGA Championship led to only the fourth missed cut of his professional career in a major.

Two weeks after the PGA Championship, Woods ended a four-year alliance with swing coach Sean Foley, whose redesign of the American's swing failed to produce a major title.

Woods, who worked with Hank Haney and Butch Harmon before joining forces with Foley in August 2010, has no plans to name a new coach.

Despite sounding upbeat about his recovery from injury, Woods, whose Hero World Challenge benefits his foundation and brings together 18 of the world's top golfers, did not get into specifics about his playing schedule for next season.