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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.
00:04
[hip hop music]
00:12
This is a golf lesson none of you had before.
00:25
[thoughtful piano music]
00:50
My practice routine
00:53
it has changed over the years.
00:55
I used to work on everything everyday.
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 revolves around my kids.
01:11
I get my work done while they're at school.
01:15
That's usually my lift and my practicing
01:18
and then go pick 'em up
01:19
and after that it's usually either soccer practice
01:23
or dad stuff.
01:24
So, the days of me going out there
01:27
and practicing hours upon hours, day after day, has changed.
01:33
Life changes, life evolves.
01:35
And there are two more important things
01:38
in my life than golf.
01:40
Nice day for it, huh?
01:45
I 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
01:57
all shots at all the times.
02:00
It's just trying to get everything kind of
02:01
in balance and equilibrium
02:03
'cause I need to be able to hit any of those shots
02:06
and also all of its little nuances
02:09
at any time in a tournament.
02:19
[applause]
02:21
[Announcer] Beautifully done.
02:22
Stay right there, perfect.
02:26
Tiger'll have a great opportunity for birdie on three.
02:31
When Tiger's kind of
02:34
plain is best and when he knows he's got
02:37
kind of every shot
02:38
he kind of used it more of a nine box grid.
02:42
So dead center would be obviously the center
02:44
kind of tick tac toe circle
02:46
and that's kind of would be a standard shot.
02:49
One up would be 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 kind of
03:03
how he envisions every shot on the range
03:05
and everything else.
03:06
So it's easier for him I think to pull off
03:09
because that is how is mind works.
03:17
A lot of my feels sometimes aren't real.
03:21
And what I mean by that is
03:24
you know, I'll say to Rob
03:25
I feel like I'm doing this
03:26
but am I really doing this?
03:28
No you're not.
03:29
But you know, sometimes feel and real 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.
03:37
But, when it gets to that point
03:39
when feel and real start intersecting
03:42
and they start 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 golf is a very fluid environment.
03:56
Shot to shot, day to day, course to course
03:59
it's all different.
04:01
It's not like the same field size are the same turf.
04:05
Everything's 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.
04:13
[hip hop 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 sacrificing a tournament here and there
04:35
workin' on a few things knowing that the bigger
04:39
picture things will pan out.
04:43
Trying shots that probably shouldn't try in some events
04:46
it's something that looks good.
04:47
May pay dividends down the road.
04:50
Sometimes it works out, I end up winning that event
04:54
but the bigger picture, you know,
04:57
trying to get mind, body, and soul coming together
04:59
for four times a year.
05:04
Along the way if I'm able to take off wins
05:07
it also gives me that added confidence
05:09
knowing that my game is ready
05:11
my game is that close to being prepped and peaked
05:15
for those events.
05:19
Summer's comin' isn't it?
05:23
I think we're going to blow through a few gloves today.
05:25
Tiger's one of those guys that think
05:26
you know, he concentrates all night long while he's sleeping
05:29
and as soon as he gets up he's thinking golf
05:30
and strategy for that day.
05:32
If we have an 8:20 tee time
05:34
and it's 7:30, we're on the range
05:36
you know, Tiger's goin' over every par three
05:38
where's the pin, what's the yardage gonna be?
05:40
And he tries those shots
05:41
and he's hitting those shots on the range.
05:43
So very intense, but in a good way.
05:46
What's interesting about him
05:48
is he's very detail oriented in the preparation.
05:53
A lot of minutia in his practice at home
05:57
but once he kind of gets out there into the tournament
06:01
he wants to try to execute.
06:02
I've done all my homework, I've done all my prep
06:05
now it's more time just to sort of react
06:08
and feel 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 the anxiousness
06:20
the need to feel like I need to do more at an event
06:25
I think that's where a lot
06:27
of my past experiences has helped.
06:29
I don't really spend a lot of time
06:33
searching for it on the range.
06:34
Searching for the putting green or chipping green
06:38
I've always felt that I do my best work
06:40
away from the site and when I go there, I go there to win.
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.
07:03
A tap in for Tiger.
07:06
[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
07:25
often you get a feel for what's going on
07:28
in that particular week.
07:29
And I may spend more time
07:32
say if I'm playing at a guest
07:34
I'd spend more time hitting more field putts
07:38
if I'm at an open championship
07:40
I'll spend a little more time hitting some bump and runs.
07:43
At a US Open, spending a few more chips around the greens
07:47
hitting out of the cabbage
07:48
these are things that I'll adjust per event.
07:52
But I won't spend as much time
07:53
as some of the other players on the golf course
07:56
practicing and working on things
07:58
because I always felt that it was best
08:01
to have enough energy.
08:03
And if I feel like my tank is full of energy
08:06
over the course of the four day marathon
08:09
that I'd figure out a way.
08:19
Dealing with pressure and understanding is
08:23
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 should you expect it
08:34
to 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 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
and I did those little things that add up
08:57
and I remember all those little things.
08:59
[upbeat music]
09:05
Do the legwork.
09:06
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.
09:16
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
'Cause I know I'm that much closer to being ready.
09:38
I'm warm.
09:39
I'm ready when they are.
09:44
[hip hop music]
09:47
Hitting the ball as far as I did was a huge advantage.
09:50
You know, theoretically I felt like
09:52
I had a couple shots per round up on the field
09:55
if I was able to drive it well.
09:57
The game has evolved.
09:58
It's not about the precision short player
10:02
having dominant runs.
10:04
It's about power players.
10:06
Hit the ball in the middle of the face.
10:07
We'll 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
10:16
and two, you can guarantee you can hit the ball
10:18
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
Tag that.
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