The story of Tiger's knees actually started in 1994 when he had surgery to remove a benign tumor in his knee. He was still playing at Stanford University as an amateur then. According to doctors; this was probably a meniscal cyst which is like a bubble in the meniscus; a crescentic shape half ring of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber in the knee and add to its stability. The treatment is to clean it out or remove it.

Tiger Woods turned pro in 1996. He went through the next 6 years in a glorious run that culminated in the tiger slam in 2000 to 2001. In 2002, though, the same left knee started giving him problems. Despite his condition, he won the masters and U.S. Open as well as four other tournaments that year. After winning the tour championship, Tiger Woods was examined and treated with ice and anti inflammatory drugs. Tiger Woods underwent arthroscopic surgery - December 12 of 2002. When Tiger Woods turned pro in 1996, he weighed 70.4 kg. Aware that his ability to generate massive club head speed put his joints at risk of injury and wanted a complete swing that maximized the large torque-producing muscles of his body; Tiger made it a priority to bulk up.

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