Is It Too Early To Say that Tiger Woods is Back with Mental Golf

Too Early Back Woods

Is It Too Early To Say that Tiger Woods is Back with Mental Golf

Although Tiger Woods didn’t win at the Honda Classic, the golf world is buzzing about him. You see, on Sunday he began the final round nine shots back. How did he finish? With a final-round 62, which was 1 shot off from the course-record. And that 62 was also Woods’ best round since his last win on the PGA tour. He was also 10 under (tied for 2nd). But what was most stunning was how Woods played… He had tough saves, 4 birdies, and 2 eagles – all in bad weather. Do I need to rant about his eagle on the 18th? (Woods mentioned that it was reminiscent of his shot on the 18th at the 2000 Canadian Open.) So I ask you: is it too early to say that Tiger Woods is back with mental golf?

Pro Ernie Els (who played Sunday) said, “To me, it was the old Tiger back, the guy that I remember…” I also saw an article by Jonathan Wall, writer for Devil Ball Golf, where he echoes my thoughts:

For more than two years now we’ve wondered if Tiger Woods would get back to his old form that made him not only the best golfer on the planet, but also the most feared. Who knows if he’ll ever get back to that level again, but for 18 holes on Sunday afternoon at the Honda Classic, Woods put everything together in a final round, firing darts at every pin and pouring in putts from all over to post an incredible 8-under 62, the best PGA Tour final-round total of his career.

Woods wasn’t just good in the final round: He was stupid good. With the winds picking up on the front nine, the 14-time major winner shrugged off the conditions and eagled the third hole before rolling in birdie putts on the fifth and seventh to go out in 4-under and get within striking distance of the leaders. We’d seen him get hot before on the front nine, but cool when he made the turn; however, this time around it seemed like Woods found that gear he’d been missing, as he birdied the 11th before closing things out with two holes that could go a long way toward boosting his confidence going into the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

So what’s changed with Woods? The same thing that brought Woods’ game down is bringing it back: his mental game. It was only a matter of time that Woods would be able to move past his difficult emotional position and be able to play confidently on the course. And he was certainly playing that way on Sunday. His famous red shirt and elbow jab were there. So I’m wondering: is it too early to say that Tiger Woods is back with mental golf?

The mental side of golf is THAT powerful. When ignored, a player can spend their whole life without playing their best. When applied, one can play like they never thought possible. For Woods, its bringing him to his former glory. What are you doing about your mental game? Taking more shots at the range isn’t going to improve your ability to focus or avoid distractions. So what are you waiting for? In just under 2 hours – you can be well on your way to mastering your mental game! Check out: http://www.golfersmind.com/mental-golf/

Comments

  1. I think that most great champions are driven at a psychodynamic level. As part of his attempts to patch up his marriage, Tiger had psychotherapy. I wonder if this may have changed the direction of his sporting drive as well as sexual drive? I do think that Tiger will win again but perhaps not be driven to the level he once was.

Speak Your Mind

*