“I finally have gotten to the point where my back is good enough where I can let my hands tell me what to do.” — Geoff Shackelford

Fun stuff from Tiger about recapturing some of his old youthful magic, as Dan Kilbridge notes for Golfweek.

The full transcript answer for Tiger students:

Q. It looked like at Innisbrook a lot of shots you were really enjoying kind of the rehearsal and kind of preparing to play the shape of the shot. Is that something that has come back about at the pace you thought you would, the creativity and then also do you, are you looking forward to Augusta in part because it allows you to kind of be more creative?

TIGER WOODS: You know, I finally have gotten to the point where my back is good enough where I can let my hands tell me what to do. My hands tell me how to shape a golf shot. And I’ve built this golf swing that you see me out there swinging the golf club around, with my hands. My dad always used to say that that’s the only thing we have direct contact with the club, so trust your hands. Playing baseball as a kid, you have to trust your hands, you trust your eyes, you trust your hands. So that’s what I’ve done, I’ve trusted my hands again. My right arm and neck aren’t shaking because my back’s out, my nerve’s out, and it’s inflamed, I don’t have those issues anymore. So I can trust my hands again. So, yeah, you see me creating shots and doing different things and, yeah, I’m trying to see what trajectory, what shape I want to do it and I’m letting these guys tell me what to do.

Q. Is that more fun way to play the game for you too?

TIGER WOODS: It is. I’ve gone back to a lot of stuff I used to do with my dad and how he first taught me how to play golf and when I sit — after the round I told Rex after the round he asked, what were you thinking on the putt on 17 and I said, just putt to the picture. How do you teach a kid when he’s so small and he doesn’t understand an inch and a mile, well you take a look and you putt to that picture and that’s what I did. I kept telling myself just putt to the picture, putt to the picture and I holed it.

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