Tiger Woods: there is magic in slowing things down, like the magic of T’ai Chi for boxing.

I left a comment at the NYT after the article below: I think Karen Crouse had given some excellent advice. She wrote: “Instead of looking at his swing on a video monitor, Woods needs to picture shots in his head and then playfully try to duplicate them. No pressure, all process. As soon as he deflects the focus from the results, he’ll experience success, and his confidence will return like long-lost paparazzi.” Changing the focus is the best part. I often play my best 4.0 level tennis after giving lessons to beginners. For me, there is magic in slowing things down, like the magic of T’ai Chi for boxing. Many centuries ago, the man who invented T’ai Chi went on to become the most acclaimed boxer of China in his time. He did the exercises very slowly, as a warm up for sparring. Also, the teaching is fun and gets you out of yourself, into the game you love, with the eyes of your student. Since Mr. Woods is a professional athlete, maybe he could adapt this idea, and teach younger golfers who are possibly becoming pro’s themselves — as long as its fun and rewarding. David blogs at LindsayOnVietnam.wordpress.com.

As he begins an indefinite leave from competition to resuscitate his game, Woods should not make pounding golf balls on the range his priority.
nytimes.com|By KAREN CROUSE

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