Tiger Woods has made headlines for changing his golf swing multiple times in his professional career. As a pro, Woods has changed his golf swing three times under Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, and most recently Sean Foley.
Woods's pro statistics before each swing change:
June 1997, pro swing change No. 1. Tour events prior to change: 17. Wins: 5. Winning percentage: 29.4 percent. (Majors: 1. Wins: 1. Winning percentage: 100 percent.) World rank at time of swing change: 2.
March 2004, swing change No. 2. Tour events since prior change: 132. Wins: 35. Winning percentage: 26.5 percent. (Majors: 27. Wins: 7. Winning percentage: 25.9 percent.) World rank at time of change: 1.
August 2010, swing change No. 3. Tour events since prior change: 91. Won: 31. Winning percentage: 34.1 percent. (Majors: 23. Wins: 6. Winning percentage: 26.1 percent.) World rank at time of change: 1.
Woods's experience of changing his swing is an exception. Other golfers, such as Padraig Harrington and Sir Nick Faldo, have not had an equitable level of success after changing their golf swing. In Faldo's case, it took several years for his swing change to click.
Is it worthwhile to change your golf swing? What are the reasons for changing your golf swing? What factors play into the "growing pains" associated with changing your golf swing?