AFTER a week of claims and counter claims about his recovery from back surgery, former World Number One Tiger Woods has confirmed he is back swinging a club but says there is still no timetable for his return to competition.
In a blog post on his website overnight Woods says he 'recently started hiting 9-irons' and is engaging in chipping contests with son Charlie.
“My son Charlie and I compete in just about everything and have three-hole chipping contests,” Woods wrote.
“The loser has to do push-ups. My short game feels pretty sharp.”
Woods goes on to say his main objectives in the short term are to get 'stronger and more flexible'.
“Sitting out as long as I did, some weakening occurred, and I have a lot of work ahead of me,” he wrote.
“While there is no timetable on my return to competitive golf, I want to play this game at the highest level again. In order to do that, I have to get healthy.”
While the signs are encouraging, the 14-time major champion says he hasn't done anything more strenuous than hit short clubs despite reports last week he had been practising with a driver.
"I haven't hit anything more than a 9-iron,” he said before suggesting he is much further along in his recovery than at his last public appearance at the Hero World Challenge in December.
"At the Hero, I wasn't feeling very good," he said.
"I couldn't play with my kids. I wasn't able to throw and play catch with my son.
"Am I sprinting back and forth? No, but I'm getting there."
Woods reiterated his major frustration is not knowing when he might come back.
"This is a different injury than I've had in the past. When dealing with nerves, there is no timetable. Everyone feels differently,” he said.
"When will I know? I'll let you know."
TIGER WOODS' BRILLIANT CAREER:
Want video tips delivered straight to your inbox? Subscribe to iseekgolf.com newsletters.