Since I spoke about Tiger yesterday and his swing issues, I decided to talk about what makes him great if it isn’t his swing. I can speak from experience as I was weak on this issue and it is one of the reasons I didn’t make the Tour.
IMO, Tiger’s long game is over rated. He is one of the best clutch putters of all time and one of the greatest recovery artists of all time.
His other great ability is to play every shot in a vacuum. During his dominant periods, even during his periods playing poorly, he was the best I have seen at hitting each shot as well as he could. Whether it’s a 6 footer for double, or a wedge to the 72nd green with a 14 shot lead, he hits every shot as if it’s the only one he is going to hit that day.
The better you get at that, the fewer brain cramps you will have. It has a two fold affect. It gets you focused on that 6 footer for double, so you don’t make triple…and it teaches you to place equally high importance on every shot, so it actually takes the pressure off the ones that you would normally feel pressure on.