As I watched Tiger Woods lose the Chevron World Challenge (after starting the final round with a four-stroke lead), I couldn't help wondering - are there any golf enthusiasts out there who DON'T think Tiger Woods has a problem with his mental game?
The mental game is all about how a player does under pressure in competition. It's also all about consistency, bringing out one's potential and getting peak performance on demand.
There are lots of great players out there, many of whom have the ability to win tournaments. But, only a few can bring out their best under the intense pressure of combination. Tiger Woods had that rare gift of combining skill and talent with the ability to bring it out when needed to win.
But, since his domestic troubles began, that gift has gone (or at least it's in hiding). The big question is - will it ever come back?
My take on it is that Tiger Woods can get it back. What he needs to do is go back to his mental game roots. He needs to relearn the tools that helped him powerfully tie mind and body together to make his shots, fade distractions, shrug off negatives and focus directly on the job at hand.
If he can do that, then I believe we'll see the return of Tiger Woods as a force to be reckoned with, which will be good for competition and the world of golf.
David Kenward - The Mental Coach