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Tiger Woods insists his swing is close to its best, despite having produced his worst U.S. Masters finish in nine starts as a professional earlier this month.

The world number one tied for 22nd at Augusta National 10 days ago and has come under increasing media scrutiny after stretching his barren run in the majors to seven.

"My game is on the right track, there is no doubt about it," the 28-year-old American said in his monthly newsletter. "If you watch me hit shots, I'm hitting shots that I haven't hit in a long time.

"As for my swing, I honestly believe it's close to where I want it. The driver is really coming around, it just takes time and work.

"Although I didn't win at Augusta, I felt I played well enough to put myself into contention. I just didn't putt well, I didn't make anything all week.

"To win the Masters, you have to make most of your putts from 10 feet and in, and I just didn't do it. It was disappointing and frustrating. The years that I've won there, I putted great," added the three-times Masters champion.

Woods has not won a major since the 2002 U.S. Open, the same year he parted with his swing coach Butch Harmon.

Although many of his peers believe it is time for him to reunite with Harmon, the eight-times major winner disagrees.

"I have always picked people's brains, everyone from Rick Smith and Hank Haney to David Leadbetter," he said. "That's the only way you can grow.

"Ninety percent of the information I throw out immediately, five percent I try and discard and five percent I retain. I just take little bits and pieces, and sometimes it works."

Woods, winner of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa, California in late February, is not scheduled to return to the PGA Tour until the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills from June 17-20.

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