MY GAME: TIGER WOODS

Tiger Woods has other players to thank for his short-game prowess

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Jamie Squire

Tiger Woods is arguably the most accomplished champion in the history of golf, but that doesn’t mean he’s above learning from other players. Throughout his career, Woods has sought advice and information from some of the best short-game wizards of all time. Because in golf, even the best can always get better.

“Learning short-game shots over the years and picking guys’ brains on how they play, whether it was Seve (Ballesteros), Ollie (Jose Maria Olazabal), Raymond (Floyd),” Woods says in Episode 10 of “My Game: Tiger Woods—Shotmaking Secrets, Presented by Geico.”

“I was lucky enough to ask them questions, and be in a position where they felt like they could answer truthfully and basically disclose how they play a lot of those shots.”

But every golfer is different, and it’s crucial to know what a player is trying to do and why it works for them. Then, the trick is to figure out which pieces of information can be applied to your own game and which ones to ignore.

“It was very interesting because their feels were all different. What they say they did is not exactly what they did—and sometimes it was. And so I had to pick out what’s going to work best for me.

“I tried it, and some of the things—I have no idea, I can’t pull that off. Then, there are other things that I’ve implemented, like, I can really use that shot.”

For more from Tiger on how he developed his remarkable wedge game, watch the full episode.