Five in­ter­est­ing things we learned from read­ing Un­prece­dented – The Masters and Me – By Tiger Woods.

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Earl’s mil­i­tarystyle train­ing

Tiger’s fa­ther Earl Woods (be­low) has of­ten been crit­i­cised for the ex­treme lengths he went to in or­der to de­velop Tiger’s men­tal tough­ness. How­ever, Tiger says he vol­un­teered for what his fa­ther called “Psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare” and “pris­oner of war” tech­niques. Earl would de­lib­er­ately use a lot of pro­fan­ity when Tiger was hit­ting balls, some­times say­ing “F*** off, Tiger” or “You lit­tle piece of s***”.

The lucky Arby’s rit­ual

Tiger took two friends with him to the 1997 Masters – Mikey Gout and Jerry Chang. Af­ter the first round, the three friends stopped at the fast-food restau­rant Arby’s on the way back to their rented house. The visit be­came a daily rit­ual and the group even ate at the restau­rant af­ter the fi­nal round, just hours af­ter Woods had achieved his 12-shot vic­tory.

The cause of Tiger’s fast hip speed – and his ma­jor swing fault

Through­out his ca­reer, Tiger has had a ten­dency to get the club ‘stuck’ be­hind him in the down­swing when his hips spin out too quickly. The prob­lem came from us­ing his fa­ther’s cut­down clubs. The shafts were the cor­rect length but too heavy. As a re­sult, he had to cre­ate all his power with his body.

How Tiger beat his stut­ter

Tiger stut­tered badly as a child. It was so no­tice­able he would sit at the back of classes in school hop­ing not to be asked a ques­tion. Woods cured the im­ped­i­ment by at­tend­ing an after­school pro­gram for two years and talk­ing to his pet dog, Boom Boom.

The ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion Tiger got from Monty

Af­ter the sec­ond round in 1997, Colin Montgomerie was three shots be­hind Tiger in 2nd When asked how he thought the 3rd round would un­fold, Monty said that ev­ery­body would now see what Tiger was made of and that he ex­pected his own ex­pe­ri­ence to be a ‘key fac­tor’. Woods used Monty’s quote as ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion. He went on to outscore the Scot 65 to 74 that day.

Un­prece­dented – The Masters and Me, By Tiger Woods is pub­lished in hard­back by Sphere. £20.

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