If you haven't heard (and I don't know how you haven't, really) Tiger Woods and his swing coach Sean Foley are splitting ways effective immediately.
That leaves the door wide open for a new coach to walk through which is fascinating to me because of how much talk has surrounded the fact that the very thing that's wrong with Woods right now (both his game and his injuries) is his swing.
It will certainly be judged as a new chapter in the storied career of Woods.
Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel put together a terrific dataset here of the three previous chapters Woods has walked through with different coaches showing hoe much he won with each.
A quick summary (though you should read the whole piece):
Hank Haney: 6/23 in majors, 31/93 in PGA Tour events
Sean Foley: 0/13 in majors, 8/55 in PGA Tour events
All of those are ridiculous numbers, of course, but the Foley ones are by far the worst of the bunch. Does that mean Tiger is just getting older or that he was affected that much by the work of Harmon and Haney?
It's hard for me to believe that somebody like Woods needs that much instruction but I do believe there might have been some over-instruction with Foley. I do think you have to treat Woods with the kid gloves on if only because the greatest artists are often the most delicate.
So what now? Can Woods go back to one of the first two? That's pretty doubtful. I don't think you go back to the dude who released a tell-all book about you (Haney) and as for the Harmon thing, well, there's this:
Getting a lot of Butch questions re: Tiger. The coach has said publicly and privately that he won't work w Tiger again.— Damon Hack (@damonhackGC) August 25, 2014
Maybe that changes in the near future but it's doubtful. Woods will likely pick a lesser name to guide him into the twilight of his career and hopefully fix some of the issues that have been causing him to break down physically.