The amazing happened at the Masters Golf Tournament in early April. Tiger Woods won the tournament. By all accounts a couple years ago most people, including myself, thought Tiger Woods would never win a major tournament again. Tiger has had to overcome so much adversity over the past many years. Some of which was within his control, but much of it with the injuries, was bad luck and an aging body. Tiger’s back was a mess. Somehow with surgery and rehab he overcame it and persevered with his golf career to get back to being one of the best golfers in the world. The Masters Championship was the ultimate accomplishment on the comeback trail.
Tiger’s willingness and his ability to persevere are worthy of admiration of the highest level. With his big win sent me to searching for a sport psychology handout I had in my filing cabinet related to sport psychology tips or motivation. I came across the USA Today article on September 26 of 2002! The article was entitled “Tiger’s tips for handling pressure.” I shared it with the Rock Bridge Boys Tennis Team today. Listed below are the four key points of the article:
- Refuse to yield to pressure – it’s the most fun part of being a competitor.
- Handle pressure by staying in your natural rhythm and routine. Focus on what you need to accomplish.
- Learn from your experiences both positive and negative.
- Play with confidence, an assuredness in one’s ability to accomplish a task even under the most stressful circumstances.
No matter what sport you play. Tiger’s tips stand the test of time. After all, they hold up today in 2019 like they did from the article in 2002. And much to the surprise of many, so does Tiger.