In a relatively short period of time, Tiger Woods has gone from the most feared golfer on tour to just an ordinary player. Bubba Watson meanwhile has gone in the opposite direction. Watson won in New Orleans last week in a playoff giving him his second win of the year. He’s arguably the best American golfer at the moment, and he decided to dispense some advice for Tiger:
‘I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger’s going the wrong way,” Watson said. ”I think he’s so mental right now with his swing. Just go ahead and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, he used to do all that stuff. Sometimes I think a lot of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. When you start talk about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back.”
So Watson thinks it’s all mental for Tiger and many other golfers when they get too caught up in their swing. Well of course it is. The problem is when things aren’t going well, the tendency is to analyze things to figure out what’s going wrong. The advice from Bubba may be right, but it’s so much easier said than done. As for Tiger, he isn’t as badly off as Bubba makes it out to be. Tiger was making quite a move at the Master’s before Schwartzel took over. In six events this year he’s had three Top 10s. It’s not Tiger good, but it’s not awful.