How Much Does Tiger Woods Practice Golf?

Tiger Woods practices chipping ahead of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on November 29, 2016
Tiger Woods spends a lot of time practicing golf shots. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods practices golf a lot. All the top professional golfers do. How do you think they got, and stay, so good? It's not "natural" talent. Oh, some may have natural talent, but they have to relentlessly hone that talent and build it and work on it to keep winning at golf.

As Lee Trevino once said:

"There is no such thing as a natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls."

Length of Tiger Woods' Practice Sessions

Tiger Woods practice sessions are intense, focused and lengthy. Woods once responded on his website to a fan question about how much he practices golf by answering that his total daily golf practice sessions amounted to seven to eight hours in length.

Those golf sessions, Wood explained, were interspersed throughout the day with his workout routine, so that he would hit golf balls, do some fitness training, play golf, do some weight training, and so on throughout the day.

A Typical Day of Golf Practice for Woods

In that website reply to a fan, Woods explained that his golf practice routine over the course of a typical day goes something like this:

  • Two hours of driving range work and on-course swing work in the morning, followed by 30 minutes to an hour of putting practice.
  • Around noon, play nine holes.
  • In the afternoon, another 3-4 hours of on-course work focusing on the swing and short game. The afternoon session sometimes includes another nine holes playing golf.

What About After the Back Surgeries?

Since Woods' latest post-surgery comeback, he has made some adjustments to his specific practice routines to try to relieve some of the pressure on his surgically repaired back. His daily work is still lengthy, however.

After missing all of the 2016 PGA Tour schedule, Woods returned to competitive golf at the 2016 Hero World Challenge in December. But all the way back in April of 2016, seven months before he was ready to play tournament golf, Woods was, as reported by GolfDigest.com, practicing four to five hours a day.

Woods is back at full speed and playing competitive tournament golf again now, and his practice routine has returned to something resembling his old routine. He has cut back on his total daily work—the combined time he spends practice golf and doing fitness and strength training—in order to both spend more time with his kids and to protect his back. (The former is helped immensely by having a spectacular at-home short-game practice facility in his backyard.)

One very specific and minor change, yet a telling one, that Woods has made to his driving range routine is to warm up by hitting driver first. He used to start with the shortest clubs and work up to driver. Now he starts with driver swings because his friend Fred Couples, who has long suffered back problems, recommended it as a way to loosen up the back through longer swings.

Woods' Super-Intense Daily Routine In His Prime

In the early 2000s, when Woods was at the top of his golf game and was most fanatical about fitness, his daily routine was, well, amazing. Amazingly intense. During a 2018 press availability, Woods explained that his daily regimen during that time period of his career was roughly as follows:

  • He began each day with a four-mile run.
  • Then Woods headed to the gym for a weightlifting session.
  • After the weights, it was off to the driving range for a practice session typically lasting 2-to-3 hours.
  • Woods then played a round of golf.
  • After the round, he headed to the short-game practice area.
  • Then he went for another four-mile run.
  • And finally, Woods ended his daily regimen by playing basketball or tennis.