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    Need a greater strategy to apply? That is how Tiger Woods discovered ‘eureka’ moments

    Tiger Woods hits a tee shot throughout final month’s PNC Championship.

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    Trevor Immelman had heard the Tiger Woods apply tales. And, for essentially the most half, the legends had been true. 

    “Once you learn loads of the stuff, he would say, OK, 4:30 a.m. exercise — I don’t know the way true that’s — however then it could be like, 9 holes, chip balls, putt, play one other 9, have lunch,” Immelman stated. “So he would do all of that stuff.”

    However this? This was totally different. Or the identical, maybe extra precisely.  

    This week, as he was dishing for almost two hours on Barstool Sports activities’ Fore Play podcast (which you’ll be able to — and will — hearken to in full right here), Immelman was requested what “a legit, hard-core apply session” appears to be like like. The 2008 Masters champion flashed again to when he and Woods turned nearer within the early 2000s. 

    And this was each legit and exhausting core. 

    “What he at instances, which I discovered fascinating as a result of I wasn’t doing something like that at that second — that is like 2005, 2006 — he at instances would dedicate like a day or two days to at least one half,” Immelman stated on the podcast. “And so like he would putt for 2 days. Or he would chip for 2 days. As a result of he thought that he wanted to enter a facet of the sport and simply get misplaced for an extended time period, and that’s when he would discover the little issues that would give him an edge.”

    Nothing else?

    “Simply placing for like eight, 9 hours a day,” Immelman continued on the podcast. “After which he would do it once more the subsequent day. Wouldn’t go and hit a drive. Wouldn’t go and hit a chip. Simply putt. Simply putt. Get misplaced within the artwork of placing, determine stuff out. 

    “And that’s how I believe he would personal it again then. He owned it. I by no means did that till then. I realized that from him.”

    And what did Immelman study from studying it? 

    “The place I additionally suppose it’s good is a pair causes,” he stated on the podcast. “To start with, what he defined to me was you might get misplaced in it and possibly have like a eureka second the place you’re similar to, that, that’s it, that is it. If I simply really feel this, then I begin them the place I need, or I get the fitting pace, or hit within the center, no matter it might be. 

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    “After which the opposite factor, it builds that sort of endurance for him. And I believe, it’s not like we’re Navy SEALs or operating into brick partitions or something like that, however it provides you that toughness, the place should you simply get up there and also you’re like, I’m going to make 50 in a row and I’m not going to depart till I’ve performed that; I’m going to make 100 in a row, no matter it’s, from 5 toes or 3 toes, no matter. 

    “That toughness to finish the duty, hold failing till you get it performed, these are the kind of issues you’ll be able to depend on while you’re out by yourself, coming down the stretch in a match, and also you’ve obtained this putt on just like the seventeenth gap or the 18th gap, and as you’re popping out of your crouch from studying the putt, you’re like, man, for every single day for the final two months, I’ve made 50 of those in a row. Like, I’ve put the work in. That is it, I’m making this.” 

    Not lengthy after the revelation, Immelman received his Masters. 

    “He’s obtained an unimaginable golf thoughts,” Immelman stated of Woods. 

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    Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s liable for modifying, writing and growing tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and brief, and consuming a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You possibly can attain out to him about any of those subjects — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at [email protected]

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