Tiger Woods Reveals He Hits 1,000 Shots Per Day Ahead Of Tournaments

The 15-time Major winner revealed his gruelling preparation for tournaments during a surprise golf lesson in Florida

Tiger Woods during the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club
Tiger Woods has revealed his tournament preparations
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Anyone wondering what sets one of the game’s greats apart from the rest has a new insight with a revelation from Tiger Woods that he prepares for tournaments by hitting 1,000 shots per day!

The 15-time Major winner, who will return to competitive action at the Hero World Challenge, recently surprised participants of the Bridgestone Collegiate Development Program by offering them tips while they practised in Florida. It was during that session that Woods dropped his mind-boggling practice figure into the discussion.

Footage from Woods’ golf lesson has been posted on the official PGA Tour X account. In it, he tells the players: “When I’m getting ready for tournaments, I make sure that each and every day I have 1,000 contacts with the club.”

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While that may leave many envisioning countless hours on the driving range, there was some relief over the daunting prospect as Woods went into further detail on how he breaks it down, saying: “That doesn’t mean hitting 1,000 balls on a range. That means possibly, maybe hitting 100 balls on a range, 300 chip shots, 600 putts."

Still, 600 putts? Thankfully, there is some leeway, and, as Woods explained, it all goes towards building the muscle memory required to compete at the top level. He continued: “You break it up to however you want to break it up. That develops feel and sensation that never goes away.”

Aside from the insight into Woods' astonishing workload, students appeared to get a huge amount from the 47-year-old’s tuition. After jokingly asking the players: “How you all hitting it? Forward?” he got down to business offering one-to-one advice, which invariably led to immediate improvements.

Despite limited playing appearances in recent years, Woods also proved he has lost none of his ability to leave those he meets awestruck. One of the participants said: “To see this man in person now, to have him go on the range, have me hit some balls in front of him, fix the little things here and there and then to hit them good. That’s a memory I will never forget.”

Another responded simply: “I just can’t really put it into words how excited I am and how exciting that was. Wow.”

Woods has built that star quality through a career that has brought a record-equalling 82 PGA Tour wins. With the revelation over his tournament preparation, it has now become a little clearer just what was required to achieve it.

As Woods prepares for his comeback in the Bahamas this week, he has also reportedly said he "thinks he can play five or six tournaments in 2024."

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Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.