Tiger Woods reveals the changes he’s made to return to the top of golf’s leaderboard

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Woods has won this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times before (Picture: Getty)

Tiger Woods has divulged the changes he’s made to his game since repeated back surgeries which have helped propel him back to top form.

Woods has undergone four back operations over recent years with a vast majority of critics expecting his career to have been over due to repeatedly requiring surgery.

However, he finished T-2 at last week’s Valspar Championship and looked back to his best for the first time in years.

He’s set to tee off again at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 15, and in the build up to tournament he revealed how he’s managed such an unexpectedly impressive return to the top.

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‘I am probably more restricted than I used to be,’ Woods said regarding his practice regime. ‘I try to get my work in and get out of it. Staying there and lingering on the range for three or four hour sessions is just not happening anymore.

‘I think that’s also not only the function of all my injuries and the surgeries that I’ve had but also the function of just getting older as an athlete.

‘The more important thing is my recovery for the next day. Get my work in and how I need to recover for the next day to be able to do it again. Consecutive days, consecutive weeks, consecutive months. I’ve been able to find that balance.

‘I’ve been using the van [the PGA Tour’s Player Performance Centre] and the guys working on me a little just to keep me loose and mobile, keep me warm. A car ride over here, get a little tight, I need to get warm, keep moving and be ready to be explosive.’

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Woods is captain of the United States team for the 2019 President’s Cup (Picture: PGA Tour)

Not only has the 42-year-old managed competitive outings at this season’s Valspar Championship and Honda Classic, he’s also developed an incredible clubhead speed of 122.49 mph on the PGA Tour this season.

Woods’ club speed is the second best average so far on the Tour this year, and a considerable rise from the 118.3 mph tally he managed on his last full season on the Tour.

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