I get these kinds of press releases frequently these days: Some public relations firm promoting a sports psychologist/trainer/etc. for their view on a news topic. But this one caught my eye.
Steve Seibold, a so-called “mental toughness expert,” thinks Tiger Woods is back — all the back — and on his way back to the top of the world golf ratings. As I type these words, ESPN’s Mike & Mike are debating this very topic, and Mike Golic just said “any serious talk about Tiger being back starts when he wins a major.”
I tend to agree. But here’s what Seibold, who when the season started predicted Tiger would win three tournaments (he’s won two so far), had to say after Tiger’s win Sunday at The Memorial.
– “Less than a year ago, Tiger Woods was ranked # 58 in the world and it seemed as if most people had counted him out for good. Is it any coincidence that first he wins at Arnie’s tournament at Bay Hill earlier this year, and then wins Nicklaus’ tournament at The Memorial this past weekend? Absolutely not!”
– “Most people scrutinize every shot, every tournament and everything else that Tiger Woods does. You need to look at the bigger picture. Everyone, including Woods, is going to have bad days. He’s still trying to put the pieces of his life back together and there are going to be bad days, but the bigger picture is starting to look better and will continue to improve.”
– “With two wins already this year and now ranked # 4 in the world, he will very shortly be unstoppable again. Most people don’t understand that Woods is hard-wired through years of world-class programming to focus on a vision and persevere at any cost. He doesn’t understand what giving up is.”
– “In mental toughness training we say that champions are decisive. The little flop shot on the 16th hole on Sunday shows decisiveness. With water over the green and a downhill lie out of the rough, and being two shots behind with three holes to play, Woods walks right up and makes the shot. That’s mental toughness!”
– “On the physical plain Woods has perseverance, on the mental plane he has toughness and on the spiritual plane he has artistry like no one else. If the same Tiger that finished strong today shows up in one week at The Olympic Club for The U.S. Open, Woods may very well regain the title that has eluded him since his 2008 victory where he won with a severe left knee injury.”
You can find out more about Seibold here.