With only two weeks away, the golfing world is anticipating the return of Tiger Woods at Farmers Insurance Open. It is exciting for many golfing fans to see his triumphant return. He will definitely add to the media hype and ticket sales, however I am not so sure it will make that much difference to the field at San Diego.
As great a player that Woods was, I am not sure that at 41 years old he will be able to sustain the level of play required to dominate as he did in years past. The best he can hope for is to win a tournament or two and possibly compete in a few Majors. This outlook for Woods might seem pessimistic, but perhaps a little realistic as well.
Regardless of how well he performs, I do want to recognize on thing Tiger Woods continues to show to all golfers. Woods continues to demonstrate an unwavering dedication to improving his golf game. The number of swing changes, injuries and setbacks he has experienced over the past 5 years would have made any other player pack up their clubs and retire.
It is difficult to pinpoint that one aspect that continues to drive Woods to strive for greatness. It is only known to Woods and it is that one secret only he knows. Some pundits will suggest it is ego or pride, however I am not confident it is that reason. I am not about to guess or surmise Woods’ reasons for continuing to returning to the game he loves because I think that would be folly. I can say that his unwavering drive to be the best player he can be is a lesson for every golfer.
When our game goes south or we have difficulty going the next step, Tiger Woods is a great example of a player who just will not quit. He always finds a way to fix, improve, and reinvent his game when needed. He works at his game by spending hours on the range and practice area. One of the main reasons Woods dominated for so long is that he outwork all his competitors. If that is not a great lesson to all would-be golfers, then nothing is.
Working at our game is very important. The level by which we train and practice will have a direct and positive impact on our game. Woods has shown all golfers that even the great players need to practice to keep their game sharp. This is even more applicable for amateurs. The more we practice, the better we play. It is that simple.
Spring is still a ways away, but if I have learned Woods’ lesson well, it is never two early to start getting ready!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!