Tiger Woods: 3 Things He Needs to Do to Regain His Dominance
You remember watching Tiger Woods charging up the leaderboard on Sundays and winning a tournament from behind. You remember him dressed in his red Nike polo and black cap. You remember him drilling in the pressure packed putts and displaying his "Tiger" magic throughout the years.
Its been over two years now since Tiger fell into a slump, and he still hasn't fully regained his form. He spiraled down the world golf rankings, messed his swing up and just simply couldn't play good golf.
He is definitely not the Tiger Woods of old anymore.
Now, it's 2012, and he's shown positive signs of improving. Of course, Woods is still far from regaining his old form, but here are three things that Tiger Woods needs to work on before he can be dominant again.
Improve His Putting
Tiger Woods was one of the best of putters in golfing history.
He simply made the putts that he was supposed to make. No matter how much was at stake, no matter how much pressure there was, when Tiger putted, you got the sense that he was going to be clutch.
We all remember how he made the putt to force a playoff with Rocco Mediate in the 2008 U.S. Open, as well as how he drilled in the winning putt at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and slammed down his cap with authority.
Nowadays, however, Tiger is no longer the great putter he once was. He's lost his touch, which has harmed his performance the last two years. His impressive feats with the flat stick have seemed to evade him, lipping out or just grazing the edges of the hole.
It's a simple fact: Tiger Woods is struggling with his putting.
Just a few weeks ago, he was standing over a six-foot putt on the final hole to extend his match against Nick Watney at the WGC Accenture Match Play.
The Tiger Woods of old would have knocked the putt in without a question, but the new Tiger let the putt slip by the edge and lost the match.
Of course, there are days where he putts really well, but so far, he's only been able to show us little bits and pieces of his former magic on the green.
If he can piece it all together on the greens for four consecutive days, then it's safe to say that Tiger's back.
Hold off the Sunday Demons
The Tiger Woods of old had one of the strongest mentalities in the golfing world.
He was undaunted by pressure, and he simply took care of business with his cool demeanor. He never let his mental side slip away; Tiger was always focused until the very last stroke he hit.
It seems that Tiger has lost some of his mental ability as well.
In his 2012 season debut at Abu Dhabi, Woods had a shot at winning when he was tied for the lead heading into the final round. Unfortunately, he struggled throughout the final day and let victory slip form his hands.
At the 2012 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the same thing happened. Woods was two back of Phil Mickelson at one point in the final round, but he lost his mentality yet again. Woods missed a number of short putts, which took the fight out of him. His round simply unraveled afterwards, and he ended up shooting a three-over-par 75.
Most of his mental problems seem to be occurring on Sunday, which is normally a day that the Tiger Woods of old would have relished.
He is just simply unable to put together a good Sunday finish to give him the extra boost and win.
Of course, if Woods could play like he did in the final round of the Honda Classic and shoot a 62, then he'll be one step closer to being dominant again.
Tiger Woods has had a number of injuries throughout his career, especially knee problems.
He literally had to play the 2008 U.S. Open with a broken leg due to a torn ACL on his left knee. He went into surgery after that and skipped the rest of the 2008 season.
In 2010 and 2011, Woods experienced neck pain and injuries on his Achilles' heel, forcing him to rest for a few months before playing again.
Just recently, he withdrew from the WGC Cadillac Championship with a sore Achilles tendon.
His constant injuries are preventing him from playing his usual schedule, which results in a lack of tournament competition.
Woods needs to regain his health if he wants to rebuild his dominance and play better golf. He can't always rest; he needs to go out there and play.