TIGER’S NEW BOOK
Five interesting things we learned from reading Unprecedented – The Masters and Me – By Tiger Woods.
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.