Tiger Woods Must Play More in Weeks Leading Up to Year's Remaining Majors

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 17, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 14:  Tiger Woods of the United States waves to the patrons after the 18th hole during the final round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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I'd have to be a fool to tell 14-time major winner Tiger Woods how to prepare for a major. Here is what Tiger Woods needs to do before majors.

He needs to play more! 

With his fourth-place finish at the recently completed Masters, Woods has now gone eight consecutive Masters and 11th consecutive majors without a win. 

For any golfer not named Tiger Woods, this stat wouldn't even be worth mentioning. However, with Woods not being able to close the gap on Jack Nicklaus' 18 major titles for almost five years, it's time for him to revisit his game plan heading into golf's showcases. 

Woods' most recent failure to claim a major is the greatest evidence toward assertion. More than any other time since he took his hiatus in 2009, Woods has been on point with his game. 

Entering the Masters, Woods was struggling a bit with his driving accuracy, but the rest of his game was favorably comparable to other times of dominance. Well, we can throw the Tiger Slam era out the window.

Check out his stats from 2000. The guy was on another planet, but I digress.  

Woods has made big strides in his distance control and putting over his recent seasons. In fact, he leads the Tour in strokes gained-putting (h/t PGATour.com).

Given this, it was no surprise that Tiger won the two Tour tournaments he played leading up to the Masters. However, his last tournament came in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which wrapped up on March 25.

This means Tiger took two full weeks off before hitting Augusta.

At the Masters, Tiger was not quite as dialed in with his distance control, and he wasn't putting anywhere near the level when we saw him at Bay Hill, and it's no surprise. 

Given so much time away from competitive play, it's easy to lose a bit off the mental edge it takes to perform at the insanely high level it takes to succeed in the tournament atmosphere. 

Tiger has followed this schedule heading into the Masters for the last three years. However, in the past, it was far more common to see him take just one week off heading into Augusta—like he did in 2005, when he last won a green jacket. 

While I have no doubt that Tiger was dutifully working on his game, it isn't possible to recreate tournament conditions when trying to stick a 50-percent wedge shot, or nailing a downhill 10-foot putt. 

Tiger typically takes one week off before the U.S. and British Opens, and he doesn't take more than a week off before the PGA Championship. 

He should consider playing the week before in every major, and never take more than a week off. 

It will help him keep his rhythm and touch while maintaining his nerves for tournament competition. It seems funny to even mention this with Tiger because when his swing was grooved, he seemed completely invincible. 

However, he's comfortable with his swing now, but he's struggling to maintain his edge, and the further he gets away from his last major victory, the more amplified this will be.  

He can help alleviate with a heavier workload heading into the majors.