Training a Tiger: A Father's Account of How to Raise a Winner in Both Golf and Life

Training a Tiger: A Father's Account of How to Raise a Winner in Both Golf and Life

by Earl Woods, Pete McDaniel
     
 

An educator, top-ranked college ball player and Green Beret who served in Vietnam, Earl Woods reveals the instruction and training secrets that went into raising a child who might be the greatest golfer ever. His teaching method starts with the simplest swings: Putting, chipping and pitching, and doesn't introduce the full swing until the basics have been

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An educator, top-ranked college ball player and Green Beret who served in Vietnam, Earl Woods reveals the instruction and training secrets that went into raising a child who might be the greatest golfer ever. His teaching method starts with the simplest swings: Putting, chipping and pitching, and doesn't introduce the full swing until the basics have been mastered. The book includes dozens of games and competitions to make golf fun and interesting, teaches mental toughness and emphasizes skills, posture, balance, set-up and grip.

There are also some subtler points for parents to consider: when and how to introduce golf (or any sport) to their child; how to lay the groundwork for open communication; and how to cultivate the right attitude toward competition. Through an intelligent mix of instruction, humor and common sense, Training a Tiger  helps parents everywhere lead their kids to love the game, and to play it with confidence, patience, proficiency and passion.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Thus far, the U.S. has not produced an African American golf superstar, although there have been athletes, such as Lee Elder, who have been very successful on the PGA tour. If any candidate is likely to break through, it's Tiger Woods, already a comer, though only 20. Tiger's success is partly the result of training by his father, who authored this instructional guide with Golf World editor McDaniel. Earl Woods was an unusually talented baseball player who did not venture onto the links until he was 42, but when he did, he was captivated. He began training Tiger when his son was an infant, and the youngster began to play at age two, winning his first under-10 tourney two years later. The author explains how he taught the fundamentals and mechanics and moved his pupil from putting to the short game to driving, always stressing that if play is not fun, there's no point to it. The crystal-clear, gently didactic text is supplemented by 200 photos, some of them baby (with golf club) pictures, and numerous line drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062701787
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/03/1997
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

Earl Woods was the first African-American baseball player in the Big Eight Conference. When his parents advised him to put away his baseball glove to pursue a career in education, he listened — but when his country called, he served two tours as a Green Beret in Vietnam. Woods remained in the army where he taught until he retired with the rank of colonel in 1974. Earl's experiences have uniquely qualified him as a teacher, coach and mentor and he sees his work with son Tiger's golf and academic careers as the culmination of his life's work.

Peter McDaniel is an award-winning senior writer at Golf Digest magazine.

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