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Tiger’s one piece of advice to his son that can help all golfers lower their scores

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In his first media appearance since his terrifying car crash back in February, Tiger Woods opened up to GolfDigest on a range of topics regarding his health and future.

Woods has been near silent since the accident he suffered back in February but was spotted multiple times out on the course this year with his son, Charlie, who at the 2020 PNC Championship showed himself to be a very accomplished player.

While discussing his recovery from his injuries with Digest’s Henni Koyack, Woods revealed how the ability to watch his son hit balls was one of the things he sorely missed while undergoing rehab.

“But I’m just happy to be able to go out there and watch Charlie play, or go in the backyard and have an hour or two by myself with no one talking, no music, no nothing. I just hear the birds chirping. That part I’ve sorely missed.”

Charlie caught the eye of all golf fans back in 2020 with his spectacular play and his likeness to father Tiger in his mannerisms at the PNC Championship.

Tiger’s son has won multiple times on the South Florida junior circuit in 2021, and while talking to Golf Digest, Woods revealed how one piece of advice he gave Charlie has helped transform his scoring.

“I went to golf tournaments to watch him play, and I’m looking at some of these scores he’s shooting and I said, How the hell are you shooting such high scores? I gotta go check this out. So I’d watch him play and he’s going along great, he has one bad hole, he loses his temper, his temper carries him over to another shot and another shot and it compounds itself. 

I said, ‘Son, I don’t care how mad you get. Your head could blow off for all I care just as long as you’re 100 percent committed to the next shot. That’s all that matters. That next shot should be the most important shot in your life. It should be more important than breathing. Once you understand that concept, then I think you’ll get better.’ And as the rounds went on throughout the summer, he’s gotten so much better.”

That advice is an element that Woods has demonstrated throughout his illustrious career and an ability that has never ceased to impress his peers.

While speaking on the ‘Earn Your Edge’ podcast back in 2020, Jordan Spieth had his say on Tiger’s ability to vent and then reset instantly before hitting his next shot, saying:

“He’ll hit a shot, and he’ll let himself know about it. But it’s mad. It’s not, ‘I can’t figure this out.’ There’s no can’t. ‘Or I’m struggling with this.’ It’s literally just him to himself, gets the anger out and then moves on. I’ve never once heard him be negative.”

Perhaps the greatest example of Woods getting his anger out of his system and committing 100% to the next shot was at the 2020 Masters.

After Tiger recorded a 10 on the par 3 12th hole at Augusta, the 15-time major champ bounced back with birdies on 5 of his final 6 holes. Following his round, Woods told media: “You just have to turn around and figure out the next shot, and I was able to do that coming home.”

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  6. Benny

    Dec 2, 2021 at 7:15 am

    I thought this was a great article and exactly the reason why I never got below a 3 index. Now I have even less playing time with kids and when I do get out I get so furious over bad shots it compounds. All I think about is how I wasted this round and who knows when I will play next. When I should be thinking how grateful I am to play this round and who cares when I will play next. This is the most important time for me.

    Who cares why he was doing 80 in a 40. I doubt it was for anything other than being late. Just wait until life deals you some good old perspective boys.

  7. Jack Nash

    Dec 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    No questions why he was doing 80 in a 40?

  8. Patrick Reed

    Dec 1, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Dumb Article

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  10. Brian

    Nov 30, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    I just can’t wait until its Charlie vs Little John in a playoff to win the Masters.

    • K

      Dec 5, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Holy crap! I never thought of that. That will be an awesome thing to watch. Hopefully both Tiger and JD will be there to give us some insights as it takes place.

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You can play this Minnesota golf course for free if you’re under 18

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Golf is in a great place at the moment, with an enormous interest in a mere sighting of Tiger Woods on the range and then at his own Hero Challenge.

Top that with the healthy debate on the recent PIP awards and what looks like being record amounts of bloggers and podcasts in 2022, and the sport is in rude health at premier level. But what of grassroots?

As reported by The Morrison County Record, the Little Falls Golf Course will no longer charge anyone aged 18 or under to play golf as ”an investment in our community”.

Aimed at getting a younger generation to take up the sport, City Administrator Jon Radermacher continued, “If you get people hooked on golf, or at least exposed to golf when they’re in their younger years, they’re going to come back when they’re older and capable to pay. They’re going to be future members for our course. I think, for us, that could yield some great benefits.”

With the circa $200 junior membership fee a thing of the past, as well as family membership now a discontinued option, and the abandonment of senior and resident discounts, single membership and that for couples rises to $800 and $1500, respectively.

As well as the initiative, Little Falls will use the increase to offset increasing expenses and to offer pay rises for their employees, many of which have seen their workload increase over the past year as interest in golf has soared both here and throughout the world.

Whilst green fees will change slightly depending on date and time, they expected the average round to be around $45 for a non-member aged 18-plus, something Radermacher says will “be in line with where we need to be.” He continued, “With those changes on the membership side and then the greens fees side, I think that really would set us in line for future years.”

Radermacher called the plan “radical,” but the Minnesota course is hopefully on track to produce another Tom Lehman, one of the County’s most successful golfers.

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The 10 most read articles on GolfWRX in 2021

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With the year almost in the books, here we take a look back at the top-10 most-read articles on GolfWRX for 2021.

From big equipment news and in-depth analysis to hot takes and beyond—excluding WITB pieces—here are the top-10 stories that grabbed the attention of WRXers over the past 12 months. And THANK YOU for reading and your loyal following.

10. Golf fans react to bizarre driving range video

A stranger driving range video is unlikely to ever be found.

Read it here.

9. GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2021

Our fitters break down the best fairway woods of 2021.

Read it here.

8. Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

A rules violation that had more than a few people scratching their heads.

Read it here. 

7. The member list at Michael Jordan’s private golf club is a sight to behold

MJ’s member’s list at The Grove is as exclusive as you would expect.

Read it here.

6. Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

The incident that clouded the opening day at the 2021 Masters in controversy.

Read it here.

5. Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

Sergio Garcia’s wife putdown of the U.S. Ryder Cup fans got many people talking before this year’s Ryder Cup.

Read it here.

4. Best driver 2021: By club fitters for you!

Our fitters break down the best drivers of 2021.

Read it here.

3. ‘Patrick Cantlay p****d me off’ – European Ryder Cup rookie hits out at U.S. star

Shane Lowry was not happy with Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay following a one-sided affair at Whistling Straits.

Read it here.

2. Bryson reveals the cut-off point on money list where players make an annual loss on Tour

DeChambeau had his say on what the cut-off point is where players make an annual loss on Tour, and his answer stunned many of our readers.

Read it here.

1. ‘What the f**k you doing?’ – Former Masters champ tells Brooks Koepka to ‘get a life’

Ian Woosnam sticking the boot into Brooks Koepka was our most read article of 2021.

Read it here.

 

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John Daly says Bryson isn’t close to his prime long hitting for this reason

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John Daly was known for his huge-hitting when he was in his pomp on the PGA Tour and he was showcasing that skill once again recently on his way to winning the 2021 PNC alongside his son John Daly II.

Following the win, the multiple major champion appeared on the Full Send Podcast, and when the subject came to distance, Daly was in no doubt that even the likes of Bryson DeChambeau wouldn’t be able to match his length in his prime.

When asked if he could outdrive Bryson or any other long hitter today at his best, Daly was in no doubt, saying: “Oh! by far, I would”, before calling himself the “straightest long hitter that ever lived.”

The reason why Daly doesn’t believe any of the current big-hitters could keep up with him at his best? The golf ball.

“I looked at the monitor at the Masters last year, and he was at 200/205mph ball speed or something, and I remember Nick Faldo was watching him, and I was like ‘Nick, I was at 220mph, man’ and that’s with the balata ball. I was carrying the ball 330/340mph with the balata ball.”

Daly went on to say that what Bryson is doing is phenomenal but added that he doesn’t believe any long-hitter could do handle the balata ball, bar Bubba Watson and that “Tiger would agree.”

The 1995 Open Champ also had a word of advice for all amateur golfers on how to pick up some length after identifying a key mistake he sees so many amateurs commit.

“The problem with amateur golf is that they never finish their backswing. They never get a full turn. You should be able to try and turn the club in your hips as far as you can turn them to get power, especially as the golf ball is so easy now it goes straight.”

Check out the full interview below.

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