Tiger Woods' on course scoring collapse, is a stark reminder that no matter how shiny and improved your clubs are...no matter how many practice balls you hit...no matter how many golf lessons you take...how many instructional videos you buy...
...it all comes down to a clear mind.
If you play the game distracted...you will have distracted results.
This is how ruts start: If you are distracted...you will play poorly, when you play poorly, you will lose confidence, when you lose confidence you second-guess yourself...
...and on and on it goes. It's an infinite loop that can only be stopped by stopping the cycle.
You stop the cycle by quitting...
Tiger has to put down his clubs...walk away...and find another hobby...like spearfishing...he loves that sport. He needs to take the rest of the year or two picking up fish spears and laying down his golf clubs.
Then, when he is relaxed and can sleep at night not worrying about his swing...then, and only then, will he be able to come back to golf. He'll have a fresh mind, a fresh approach, and will have confidence that will lead to a clear mind.
I also think he and his caddy Stevie will have to part ways if Tiger is serious about getting back to #1. But that is for another post.
Thanks for reading. Keep it in the short-grass,