Michael Thompson's swing coach says Tiger Woods 'lost his soul'
Susie Meyers says she doesn't want Michael Thompson to pursue the consistency of Tiger Woods.
Michael Thompson won the Honda Classic last weekend for his first PGA Tour victory. The former University of Alabama golfer is known for his practice habits, "finding it in the dirt," as some golfers say.
The crazy thing about his Honda Classic win is that he finished in last place in his previous outing. He shot a 78-80 at the Northern Trust Open to finish at plus-16.
He bounced back beautifully to win the Honda on Sunday, and Farrell Evans wrote a really interesting piece for ESPN.com.
In it, Thompson's swing instructor of 14 years, Susie Meyers, talked a little bit about what she tries to do with Thompson:
There was no time that he was trying to fix his golf game or swing or figure out why he was playing poorly. We just tried to stick to the positives. I told him if you do a little bit every day you will be a champion.
She went on:
Trying to get consistency is like going after a fool's errand. It doesn't happen in life. If you try to be consistent you live in a frustrating world. Take everything for what it is and let it be, and at the end of the day, hopefully you can say you did the best you could. We don't try to be consistent at all.
Interesting idea, right. Then she brought Tiger Woods into the conversation:
Our goal is to have a new fresh beginning every shot, every tournament and see what we can do with it. We got sucked into that consistent thing when Tiger was having his long run of great golf and we thought that it was possible to do that. But what we found out was that Tiger lost his soul to do that and it's just not worth it.
Lost his soul to find his swing.
That's a pretty strong statement from Meyers and one that I don't necessarily disagree with. I think to a certain extent -- certainly more than some of the other golfers on tour -- Woods has given himself over to the game.
I don't know about the whole "lost his soul" bit, but I think his singular pursuit has certainly cost him a lot.
I guess the price tag on 19 majors was always going to be exorbitant, though.
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