Watch Tiger Woods smashing his driver; says he is finally pain-free

Tiger Woods is finally living without back pain and will make a hugely anticipated return to golf this week.

Tiger Woods will make his return to professional golf for the first time in nearly eight months this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. And the anticipation has been stoked even further with the sight of Woods making another pretty nice swing with the driver, some almost unbelievable comments from Brad Faxon and the fact that the 14-time major champion is finally pain-free.

Firstly the swing. Tiger Woods hitting driver.

Brad Faxon played a round of golf with Woods, Dustin Johnson and the President last week and he wrote on Golfweek that Woods was somehow hitting it past Johnson with driver half the time.

I find it hard to believe that Tiger Woods would have ever hit it as far as Dustin Johnson does now, even in his prime. Nevertheless Faxon got everyone excited about Woods return this week:

“I was impressed with how far he hit the ball. Probably on the 10 holes that they were both hitting driver, Tiger hit it past Dustin half the time and Dustin hit it past Tiger half the time. He looked great. I think more than anything, he looked at ease. He was not concerned about swinging hard and going at it with driver. The ball flight, the sound off the club, all of it was right there.”

Woods told ESPN’s Bob Harig that he is finally pain-free for the first time in a long time.

“The fact that I don’t have any pain in my lower back anymore compared to what I was living with for years. … it’s just remarkable,” said Woods, who underwent a fourth back surgery in April, which essentially removed the disk that has been causing nerve pain.

“It could be the next step, I just didn’t know [when the pain would occur],” Woods said. “That’s tough to live with. And it’s been a struggle for years. To finally come out on the good side of it is exciting. I am stiffer. Of course, [his lower back is] fused. But I don’t have the pain. Life is so much better.”

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