Tiger Woods will tee it up for his last round today at the Hero World Challenge. I doubt anyone is going to catch Hideki Matsuyama, but in the big scheme of things it really does not matter because the focus of this weekend’s event is all Tiger all the time.
Sitting in the middle of the pack, Woods has demonstrated some sparks of greatness and of course his competitive spirit is back in full force. He has high expectations of his play and the real question is whether he can meet or exceed them.
Pete Robbins, from White Dragon Golf, wrote in his article about Tiger’s third round:
The reason Tiger is not leading the competition, according to him was that he could not putt today;
“I didn’t hit the ball that poorly today, but hit bad putts in the middle part of the round.”
This is the fighting spirit of the Tiger of old and his 466 day lay off did create a coat of rust on his golf game; of course this is all relative, but I think you know what I mean. It will take some time to see if Tiger can meet his and the golfing world’s expectations regarding his recent comeback, but to Tiger and I would offer a not of caution.
Managing expectations is a critical aspect of any golfers performance. How we feel about our latest round is directly related to how we expected to play that day. How many of us have shot 100 or 90 or 80 or 70 and felt we had a fantastic round. We exceeded our expectations of that day and felt awesome about our golf game. After playing well last time, we shoot the same score and walked off disappointed, frustrated and wondering what went wrong. Most of the time, nothing went wrong, we just expected to do better! This describes Tiger Woods game perfectly. Woods in for a roller coaster ride for the next few months.
So, how can managing expectations improve our score? I think it is important to always expect more out of our game, but as Albert Einstein defined
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
To properly manage expectations, it is important to understand your strengths and weaknesses and what we can actually achieve. Woods likely has a handle on this facet of his game, but something feels eerily like ground hog’s day. I am not about to tell Tiger Woods that his approach seems a little crazy, but I am not entirely sure that it is different from his last 2 comebacks. It might be time he re-evaluated his expectations and mentally prepare for some unexpected results.
Do you think Tiger Woods is managing his expectations regarding his recent return to golf? His is approach of expecting to win right out the gate the right one? Let me know what you think.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!