Tiger was the most dominant player of his generation … bigger in golf than any single cricketer is in their domain. A bit like taking Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne and rolling them all up together.
We now know that Tiger is as fallible outside of his golfing life as the next person, and that he did not manage to cope as well with the pressures of being the world’s highest profile sportsman as he would have liked.
Lets look at Tigers Secret on the golf course and what are the implications for cricketers?
Here is an extract from an article published on Tiger’s Website.
Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus
28 November 2002 by Jaime Diaz, Golf Digest
The Mental Edge: Nicklaus’s musings about how he thinks on the course have long been a model for sport psychologists, but Woods’ ability to produce peak performance by “willing myself into the zone” is unprecedented.
In his Thai background on his mother’s side, Woods has been exposed to eastern philosophy in a way that no other all-time great player ever has. “He carries a real serenity,” says Dr. Deborah Graham, “a very Zen-like approach that seems innate.”
Earl Woods, an ex-Green Beret, used techniques derived from interrogation tactics to toughen his son. And at age 13, Tiger began mental training with Dr. Jay Brunza, a family friend and psychologist.
“His creative imagination and his trust in himself are off the charts,” says Brunza. “You’re working with a Leonardo, and you let the eagle soar.”
Among the techniques Brunza used were subliminal tapes and hypnosis.
“The first time Jay hypnotized Tiger, he had him stick his arm straight out and told him that it couldn’t be moved,” Earl says. “I tried, but I couldn’t pull it down.”
Woods says he no longer uses tapes or formal hypnosis. “But I think I used it enough then that it’s inherent in what I do now,” he says. “Everyone had always told me to visualize shots, but I could never see the ball. We worked on a way to look at the target and pull it back into my hands and body, and let my subconscious react. That’s what works best for me.”
How can Tiger’s Secret help you and what are its implications for Cricketer’s in general.