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My Game: Tiger Woods - Episode 1: My Practice

For the first time ever, Tiger Woods reveals how he approaches every aspect of the game. From technique and practice sessions to fitness and mental training, this 12-part series gives you exclusive insight directly from Tiger himself. www.golfdigest.com/tigerwoods

Released on 8/20/2019

Transcript

00:00
[upbeat music]
00:03
I'm Tiger Woods, and this is my game.
00:05
[upbeat techno music]
00:12
This is a golf lesson none of you've had before.
00:14
[upbeat techno music]
00:25
[soft piano music]
00:51
My practice routine
00:53
it has changed over the years.
00:56
I used to work on everything every day,
00:59
but I can no longer do that anymore.
01:01
So, I have to pick my parts.
01:05
A lot of my prep time evolves around my kids.
01:11
I get my work done while they're at school,
01:15
and that's usually my lift and my practicing
01:18
and then go and pick them up and after that it's usually
01:21
either soccer practice or dad stuff.
01:24
So, you know, the days of me going out there and practicing,
01:28
you know, hours upon hours, day after day,
01:32
has changed, you know, life changes.
01:34
Life evolves.
01:35
And there are two more important things
01:38
in my life than golf.
01:41
[Man Behind Camera] A nice day for it, huh?
01:45
I'd like to be able to hit all nine basic golf shots
01:50
but, harmoniously, go from shot to shot
01:55
and always keep a good balance of hitting all shots
01:58
at all the times, it's just trying to get everything
02:01
kind of in balance and equilibrium
02:03
'cause I need to be able to hit any of those shots
02:06
and also all of those little nuances
02:09
at any time in a tournament.
02:14
[light piano music]
02:20
[crowd cheering]
02:21
[Announcer] Beautiful done.
02:22
Stay right there, perfect.
02:25
[crowd applauding]
02:26
Tiger will have a great opportunity for birdie on three.
02:31
When Tiger is kind of playing his best and when he knows
02:36
he's got kind of every shot, he kind of views it more of
02:39
a nine box grid.
02:42
So dead center would be obviously the center,
02:44
kind of tic tac toe circle and that kinda would be
02:47
a standard shot.
02:49
One up would be, you know, a little bit higher.
02:51
Down would be almost the stinger
02:53
and then, you know, a cut.
02:55
And so, he sort of sees windows
02:57
and that's kind of how he pictures it all in his mind
03:01
and how he prepares for it and that's kinda how
03:03
he envisions every shot on the range and everything else.
03:06
So, you know, it's easier for him, I think, to pull off
03:09
because that is how his mind works.
03:11
[soft piano music]
03:17
A lot of my feels sometimes aren't real.
03:21
And what I mean by that is,
03:23
you know, I'll say like to Rob,
03:25
I feel like I'm doin' this,
03:26
but am I really doin' this?
03:28
No you're not.
03:29
But, you know, sometimes feel and reals aren't the same.
03:32
But if I'm working on something,
03:33
obviously it's not going to feel exactly what it looks like.
03:36
But, when it gets to that point,
03:39
when feel and real start intersecting and they start
03:43
feeling like they're the same,
03:45
that's when some pretty good magic starts to happen
03:48
because I can then change things
03:53
because I always think
03:54
that golf as a very fluid environment.
03:56
Shot to shot, you know, day to day, course to course,
03:59
it's all different, it's not like the same field size
04:03
or, you know, the same turf, everything is different.
04:06
Getting to where I can feel feel and real are the same,
04:10
is usually when I've played my best golf.
04:12
[upbeat techno music]
04:17
[light rhythmic music]
04:23
Well, building my game up in the off weeks for,
04:27
let's say a major championship,
04:30
I don't know if it's right to say it or not
04:31
but, sometimes it's sacrificing a tournament here and there,
04:36
working on a few things, knowing that the bigger picture,
04:40
things will pan out.
04:43
Trying shots that I probably shouldn't try in some events.
04:46
Least I'm in the woods good.
04:47
May pay dividends down the road.
04:50
Sometimes it works out.
04:53
I end up winning that event,
04:54
but the bigger picture is, you know,
04:56
tying to get mind, body and soul
04:58
coming together for four times a year.
05:04
Along the way, if I'm able to take off wins,
05:07
it also gives me an added confidence knowing that my game
05:10
is ready, my game is that close to being prepped
05:14
and peaked for those events.
05:16
[light music]
05:19
Summers coming isn't it?
05:22
[Joe] You're going to be blowing
05:24
through a few gloves today.
05:25
Tigers one of those guys I think,
05:26
you know, he concentrates all night long
05:28
while he's sleeping and then as soon as he gets up
05:30
he's thinking golf and strategy for that day.
05:32
If we have an 8:20 tee time
05:34
and it's 7:30 and we're on the range,
05:36
you know Tigers goin' over every par three,
05:38
where's the pin, what's the yardage gonna be,
05:39
this, that and he tries those shots
05:41
and he's hitting those shots on a range.
05:43
So very intense, but in a good way.
05:46
What's interesting about him is he's very detail
05:50
oriented in the preparation.
05:53
A lot of minutiae in his practice at home,
05:57
but once he kinda gets out there, into the tournament,
06:01
he wants to try to execute.
06:02
I've done all my homework.
06:04
I've done all my prep.
06:05
Now it's more time just to sort of react and feel
06:09
his way around the golf course from there.
06:13
Being prepped and being ready for the big events
06:15
is one thing, but controlling
06:19
the anxiousness,
06:20
the need to feel like I need to do more
06:24
at an event, I think that's where
06:27
a lot of my past experiences has helped.
06:29
I don't really spend a lot of time searching for it
06:33
on the range, searching for it on the putting green
06:35
or chipping green,
06:36
I have always felt that I do my best work
06:39
away from the site and then when I go there,
06:43
I go there to win.
06:44
[crowd cheering]
06:46
[Announcer] So Tiger comes down to this huge throng
06:48
which lines the 18th green at East Lake.
06:51
Thousands behind him come down the hill,
06:54
and have we ever seen anything like this in golf?
06:57
Well, look at this scene.
07:00
[crowd cheering]
07:03
A tap in for Tiger.
07:05
[crowd cheering]
07:07
We thought we'd never see it.
07:11
And I don't believe he thought either.
07:15
Tour championship winner, Tiger Woods.
07:18
A winner again.
07:20
Number 80.
07:24
A lot of times all of a sudden you get a feel for
07:27
what's going on in that particular week.
07:29
And I may spend more time,
07:32
say if I'm playing at Augusta,
07:34
I'll spend more time hitting, you know, more feel putts.
07:38
If I'm at an Open Championship,
07:40
I'll spend a little more time
07:41
hitting some bump and runs.
07:43
At a US Open, spending a few more chips around the greens,
07:47
hitting on the cabbage.
07:48
These are things that I'll adjust, per event,
07:52
but I won't spend as much time as some of the other players
07:54
on the golf course, you know,
07:56
practicing and working on things
07:58
because,
08:00
you know,
08:01
I always felt that it was best
08:01
to have enough energy.
08:03
And if I feel that my tank is
08:05
full of energy over the course of the four day marathon
08:09
that I'd,
08:11
I'd figure out a way.
08:12
[upbeat music]
08:19
Dealing with pressure and understanding,
08:22
I think you have to have had the practice.
08:26
You've had to have done the work leading into it.
08:29
If you haven't done the work,
08:31
then why,
08:33
why should you expect it to
08:34
all of a sudden come together.
08:36
Especially, when the pressure mounts.
08:38
For me, I've felt like my practice sessions,
08:42
I derive a lot of my confidence from my practice sessions,
08:45
and that enables me to feel like Yeah, I can do this.
08:48
Because I did in practice the other day,
08:50
I did it two months ago, I hit this shot
08:52
from this particular spot at my home course,
08:54
I did those little things that add up
08:57
and I remember all those little things.
09:00
[soft music]
09:05
Do the leg work, you know, get out there and do it.
09:08
It's not just simple, quick, easy fixes.
09:11
Everyone's looking for an easy fix.
09:14
It's not about the easy fix, it's about spending the time
09:19
and then doing all the work and enjoying the process of it.
09:24
Practices seem easier.
09:27
Training sessions seem easier.
09:29
Because I know I'm that much closer to being ready.
09:32
[soft music]
09:38
I'm warm, I'm ready when they are.
09:44
[upbeat music]
09:47
Well, hitting the ball as far as I did,
09:49
was a huge advantage.
09:50
You know, theoretically, I felt like I had a couple shots
09:53
per round, up on the field, if I was able to drive it well.
09:57
The game is evolved.
09:58
It's not about the precision short
10:01
player, having, you know, dominant runs,
10:04
it's about the power players.
10:06
Hit the ball in the middle of the face,
10:07
You can start with that.
10:09
My dad was a big proponent of swinging absolutely
10:11
as hard as you possibly can on two conditions.
10:15
One you can maintain balance and two you can guarantee
10:17
you're gonna hit the ball in the middle of the face.
10:19
If you can't do any one of those two,
10:21
then you can't swing that hard.
10:25
Tagged that.
10:27
[upbeat techno music]
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