TIGER Woods needs to regain his early career confidence if he is to find his way back to the pinnacle of golf, according to Arnold Palmer.
The comments from the golfing legend come a few weeks ahead of the Masters where Woods hopes to stage his return to the game.
Palmer said 14-time major champion Woods needs practice to rebuild that confidence.
Palmer said he supported Woods' decision to take a break from competition, even though that means Woods won't be teeing it up this week at Bay Hill, where he has won eight times.
Woods took himself out of competition last month to improve his game, and time is running out for a return to form before the Masters next month.
Palmer said he appreciated the fact that Woods called him to explain why he wouldn't be there.
"First of all, he said, 'Arnold, you know, I can't think of anything that I'd rather do than be there to play' and then he explained that he didn't feel like his game was ready," Palmer said.
"He really wanted to work on it and get it ready to play and I don't blame him."
Palmer said he "didn't say much of anything" during the call, but the seven-time major champion was asked what advice he would offer Woods.
"There's only one thing I can say and that's practice, and confidence," Palmer said.
"He has to regain the confidence he had when he was starting out and that was what made him what he is. And that's the way he'll get it back.
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