Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 553 - Wed. April 17th, 2019
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Tom's Featured Tip: Four Takeaways From Tiger's Win To Help Your Game.
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Tom's Featured Tip: Four Takeaways From Tiger's Win To Help Your Game.

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Tiger's 15th Majors win is old news now, but I still can't get enough of it. I am, and always will be a Tiger fan, so much so that I'm predicting that he either ties or breaks Jack's record.

Go ahead and call me crazy, I've been called worse - and I stand by my prediction.

After observing Tiger during the Master's, here's what I think you can take away from Tiger's final round to make you a better golfer - especially in important events, or matches where there may be a few bucks on the line.

1. Game Day Preparation

Tiger got up at 3:45 am to prepare physically for a 9:20 am tee time. He has well documented back problems that most of us don't have (thank God) to deal with, but the point is to allow yourself plenty of time to make sure your mobility is fully functional before you play an important match.

Apportion your time for enough stretching and mobility exercises before you start your swing warmup routine. Speaking of that, the first and last part of your swing warmup routine should be the swings that were troublesome the last time you played. First and last, remember that.

Then spend fifteen to twenty minutes on the putting green before you tee off.

2. Calm Demeanor

Tiger seemed eerily calm on Sunday, totally unflappable. I don't think I've ever seen him that calm, ever. "Stay Calm" is often easier said than done when you're in the pressure cooker, but if you work on your focus and have a plan the task is doable. After his round he was asked about the chewing gum that he was chomping on all day, and he said that he's often hungry on the course, and that the gum helped curb his appetite. That's all well and good, but it also helps to dissipate nervous energy - which I believe was his bigger benefit. Maybe he wanted to keep that aspect a secret.

3. Having a Plan For Every Hole - Actually Two Plans

Tiger had a game plan for every tee shot, every approach shot, and every putt on Sunday (and I'm sure on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday too). Here's what he had to say about that:

"I kept telling myself to miss the ball in the correct spots, and I did, time and time again. I was very disciplined in what I was doing out there. Even when yesterday guys were shooting 64 left and right, I was just kind of going around, just handle your business, work your way up the board. We've still got a lot of golf, a lot of holes to play, and just make sure that I'm there in the end."

So he had a Plan "A" for every hole, but he also had Plan "B" at the ready if necessary. When Francisco Molinari went pin hunting on the relatively short par 3 12th hole and ended up in the water due to gusting winds, Tiger hit his shot well left of the hole with enough club to carry the front bunker. It landed on the green and he two putted for a par to Molinari's double bogey and that was all she wrote.

Even when you are playing casual golf, have a default plan for each hole before you tee it up. Then make adjustments as necessary depending on the result of your shot, or that of your competitor's if you have a little something on the game.

4. Perseverance and Belief

Last and perhaps most importantly, Tiger believed that he could win another Major. I'm not sure that was always the case in the early months after his last back surgery. However, after he actually gave his back sufficient time to heal completely, then after flirting with the lead at a couple of previous Majors, I think he solidified his belief in winning more Majors - and he did it.

Belief is a powerful motivator. Your takeaway is to persevere to make yourself as good as you can be at the game, then to believe in yourself, and even to play with a little swagger. It will do wonders for your game.

Try all of this, I'm sure you'll like it.


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Tom Tucker
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