There’s no harm in a little reminiscing and I couldn’t help but reminisce when I found this footage of Tiger and Butch. The interview was done at the start of 2000 at a time when Tiger was at his absolute peak. Throughout the videos are some incredible insights into how they prepared for tournaments and the extent that Tiger understood his swing, his game and where he was going. However perhaps the most remarkable thing of all is how open, engaging and likeable Tiger is throughout the interview. There are no one word answers, no gaurded expressions he just answers the questions posed and even has a few laughs along the way. It is hard to imagine Tiger giving an interview like this ever again.
Some of the highlights of the videos include:
- Tiger constantly refers to what works for him and the feelings that he uses to make the movements he wants. He explains that what works for him won’t work for everyone.
- Butch emphasising that feel and real are two very different things and he constantly reminds Tiger of this.
- Tigers mindset in relation to driving accuracy – he was chasing down Fred Funk for that stat!!
- The discussion on course management and how important it is to play with what you have and have a go to shot.
- Tiger’s incredible thirst for knowledge and how driven he is to keep learning and improving. He owned his own game at this time arguably more that he ever has since.
- The relationship between Tiger and Butch, I would argue that this bond played a large role in Tigers success during this period. They seemed to have a great relationship and the strong emotional support must have played its part in Tigers success.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.