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3.0 out of 5 stars "By age four, nothing bothered him.", 14 Aug 2003
Mary Whipple (New England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Think Like Tiger: And Analysis of Tiger Woods' Mental Game (Hardcover)
In his analysis of Tiger Woods's mental game, Andrisani points out the methods by which Tiger manages to keep focused on his game and block out distractions and negative thoughts. Visually programmed by his father so that his mental image of the perfect golf swing became part of his psyche as an infant, he doesn't have to think about what he's doing right or wrong with his own swing. Introduced to Buddhism by his mother when he was a small child, he knows how to meditate and relax. Taught by coaches how to focus on where he wants his shots to go, rather than what's going on with his swing or his score, he knows how to get into "the zone." And he may, according to Andrisani, employ a post-hypnotic code (through very slow eye-blinks) to keep himself from being distracted.
The book does not, however, give the reader a way to "learn the secrets of Tiger Woods's mental game and think your way to lower scores," as the jacket suggests. While Tiger's methods work for him, it's probably too late for the rest of us to learn and apply these methods, and the pointers about imagining where you want your shots to go and trying to relax are not new. Andrisani's admiration for Tiger and his "handlers" is overwhelming, and it's hard to take seriously the statement of his first teacher (after his father) that he felt "a little like a house painter being asked to redo the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel" when he was asked to help the eleven-year-old Tiger to improve. While the development of Tiger's mental game may, indeed, resemble "the forming of a diamond," and "the making of fine wine," some of us would be happy with cubic zirconia and plonk. Mary Whipple
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Think Like Tiger: And Analysis of Tiger Woods' Mental Game by John Andrisani (Hardcover - April 2002)
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