Tiger Woods responded to reports of a setback in his recovery from another back surgery by posting a video of his swing with a simple but pointed message to skeptics.
"Progressing nicely," Woods wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter along with a short video that showed him hitting a 9-iron shot on a golf simulator.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, forcefully denied on Monday recent social media posts that the golfer has suffered a setback in his recovery from his third back surgery in a 19-month span.
Twitter posts from two different handles -- one being longtime golf writer Robert Lusetich -- suggested that Woods' back rehabilitation is not going well and his condition has worsened.
"The tweets that appeared this weekend about Tiger's health are ridiculous and absolutely false," Steinberg wrote Monday in an email to USA TODAY Sports. "It's reprehensible that every few months someone makes something up and it's treated like a real story. Tiger continues to work on his rehabilitation and we will have an accurate update at the appropriate time."
Steinberg said Wednesday that the video was shot just before 9 a.m. ET., according to ESPN.com.
"This was meant more for all of Tiger's fans who had reached out since all of this erroneous reporting came out over the weekend that he was so disabled he had to sit in the passenger seat of a car,'' Steinberg told ESPN. "So many had reached out and wondered if this was the end and if this was true. This was meant to give the most recent update.
"That's a fairly full swing. It's a full 9-iron that he was hitting. He's been doing some chipping, working his way to where he is at right now.
"It would be different if I had just said he's progressing and doing some chipping and putting. This is a bit more impactful and relevant to show it this way.''
The 40-year-old Woods has not played in a tournament since tying for 10th six months ago at the Wyndham Championship last August.
Woods originally underwent microdiscectomy surgery on March 31, 2014 -- the procedure is done on the lower back to remove a herniated disk that is pressing into the spinal cord or a nerve root.
Woods underwent a second microdiscectomy on Sept. 16, 2015, several weeks after the Wyndham tournament, to correct a disk fragment that was pinching a nerve. Six weeks later on Oct. 28, he underwent another back procedure and Woods said on his website that it was designed to minimize discomfort he was feeling.