Tiger Woods’ New Tee Shot And How To Use It In Pressure Situations

Why should golfers take advice from Tiger Woods when it comes to pressure situations?

The better question would be, why not?

After all, he is a legend in the sport.

Woods holds numerous golf records and is tied for first place in PGA Tour wins.

His golf game has made him one of the most successful and popular golfers ever and an intricate part of that game is his play under pressure, particularly his new tee shot which he now uses to overcome tough situations on the golf course.

The Importance Of The Tee Shot

Why is the tee shot important?

Well, it is the first shot that starts every hole and so is critical for setting the pace for the entirety of holes played during an entire game.

Usually, the tee shot should go as far as possible so that the likelihood of taking fewer shots is increased, However, this does not have to be the case if a golfer has a good short game.

Having a good short game takes a lot of the pressure off of the tee shot but that still does not entirely eliminate the mental anxiety that many golfers feel as they start the game.

There is a phenomenon that all golfers face sooner or later called the TBP (tee box pressure). It commonly occurs during the tee shot, especially on the first hole, and has been attributed to the mental fear of failure.

Tiger Woods, who has had to go through multiple back surgeries during his career, has had to readjust his tee shot to overcome his physical limitations. His new tee shot adjustments can also be used to lessen TBP as well.

Tiger Woods’ Pressure Tee Shot

Woods’ uses his adjusted tee shot to make sure that he puts his ball in the fairway right from the start.

As he points out, he has had four back surgeries and will be eligible for the senior tour in six years.

In other words, he is old and injured.

These physical impairments also bring with them a host of mental impairments as the mind gets discouraged because the body will not do what the mind wants it to do.

To compensate for his weakening body, he came up with the following technique to assure that he puts himself in a good position from the start.

Tee Shot Technique

The Tiger Woods’ pressure tee shot is a slappy cut that is not intended to go far. It is used primarily to play it safe and reach short grass.

This technique should be used in the following situations:

  • First Tee Shot
  • Difficult Holes
  • Roomy Fairways
  • Achieving Par Five In Two

To perform the technique correctly, Woods focuses more on his shoulders than his feet. He keeps his shoulders open and facing the target while his feet remain pretty much square to the target.

The shoulders should end up a little left of the target sp that the ball banks to the right and the feet should be placed square to the target to take the pressure off of the back.

Doing so will allow the back to open up even more on the backswing.

It is also recommended to keep the clubface left of the target instead of square and open to it at address so the ball will not sail to the right of the intended destination.

The technique itself can be summed in six simple steps:

1)Keep the shoulders open.

2)Close the clubface.

3)Take the swing all the way back.

4)Keep the swing down the shoulder line.

5)Rotate through the downswing.

6)Don’t hold on the clubhead (release the clubhead) on the follow-through.

Golfers can also hit down on the ball a few degrees instead of hitting up on it to move the ball forward a bit more.

Conclusion

Even though the pressure tee shot is simple to perform, that does not mean that it is easy. It will take time to get the hang of it but once it becomes second nature, golfers will be able to split fairways with much more ease and with less pressure placed on both their body and minds.

The Tiger Woods Era

For many sports fans today, Tiger Woods has been part of the landscape of national media for as long as we can remember. Many of us don’t remember turning on our favorites highlight show and seeing a golf story that didn’t mention Tiger Woods. From red polos and fist pumps on Sunday afternoons to a fall from grace for the ages, the Tiger Woods era has been both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

The Beginning of a New Era

Tiger Woods joined the PGA Tour in 1996. His unmatched run of dominance began at the Las Vegas Invitational and would continue for most of the next 13 years which would see him win a jaw-dropping 14 majors. Everywhere you looked, Tiger Woods was raising another trophy and changing the face of professional golf. In every way imaginable, from the way he looked to the way that he carried himself, Woods was anything but the prototypical PGA golfer. In a time where the world’s top golfers were middle-aged men who would rarely show any emotion, a confident, often brash 20-something year old who would pump his fist and scream with enthusiasm was unheard of. And with that, Tiger brought a new breath into the world of professional golfing.

The Beginning of the End

Tiger’s run that began in 1996 didn’t seem to be coming to an end. While he won “only” 1 major in 2008, a major victory is nothing to diminish. However, 2009 would see the unraveling of one of the world’s greatest athletes. A scandal that involved an extra-marital affair being leaked to the tabloids culminated in an arrest in late November of 2009. For ten years, Tiger, the man who the world watched grow up on the golf course faced criticism in both his personal and professional life.

A New Beginning

That criticism would give way to optimism as sports fans from around the globe rallied behind Tiger as he took a lead into the last round of the 2019 Masters. The hallowed fairways of the legendary Augusta Golf Club were the perfect stage for Woods to carry a lead into the last 3 holes. Even with a bogey on the 18th, Tiger clinched his 5th career Masters victory. A meteoric rise and an infamous fall from grace blended into the background with a legendary resurrection back to the top of the golfing world.

Is the Tiger Woods era of dominance back? It’s hard to say. But we are back to the days of discussing Tiger Woods in every tournament.

The Perks of Online Tutoring

Tutoring is a great way for educated adults to make a little extra money while also sharing their knowledge with eager young students. Tutoring used to require an in-person meeting to go over the material, but that is no longer necessary thanks to advancements in technology. Online tutoring is rapidly becoming the desired choice for both tutors and their students. These are the four biggest perks of being an online tutor.

Work from Home

There is nothing better than being able to work from the comfort of your home. You do not have to worry about getting dressed up or putting on makeup. The lack of a morning commute also lets you get extra sleep every morning. This extra rest improves your overall health and makes you a better tutor at the same time.

Expanded Client Base

Traditional in-person tutors are only able to work with the students in their local area. This can make it very tough to find new clients to grow the business, especially if you live in a small town. A lack of potential clients will never be a problem as an online tutor because you have the option to work with any student that has a webcam, computer and stable internet connection.

Save Money and Time on Transportation

One of the toughest parts of being a tutor is traveling to meet the students. Once you have finished with one child, you have to jump in the car and rush to the next appointment. This driving adds a lot of stress to your life. It also costs you a lot of money in fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. All of these hassles are instantly eliminated when you become an online tutor. The time and money saved from the lack of travel can be used to give you a happier life.

No Unwanted Distractions

Tutoring is only effective when it is performed free of distractions. Unfortunately, it is often hard to find a quiet public place with no distractions. Libraries even have their fair share of excess noise. Tutoring from the comfort of your home office allows you to create the perfect teaching environment. You also do not have to worry about being responsible for the well-being of the child your are tutoring.

Ideas for Using Comics While Tutoring

Comics can be powerful teaching tools when they are used properly, and not just in art classes. The right comic can help students learn to read, better understand challenging concepts, and help develop their creative thinking and reasoning skills. If you don’t know how to integrate comics into your tutoring sessions or you aren’t quite convinced that they can be helpful, here are some ideas to consider.

Teaching Children to Read

Comics are a visual medium as much as a literary medium. In its most basic format, a comic is a series of pictures with written narration. While this narration can be every bit as complicated and involved as a short story or a novel, it can also be very simple. If you have a student who is struggling with their reading, a comic that matches simple sight words with pictures that show what the words mean. Your student will eventually have to learn to read without these visual aids, but combining words with drawings could make them easier to remember for some students.

Teaching Complicated Concepts

A comic strip or book obviously won’t be the best way to teach all complicated concepts, but they can make it easier for students to understand things like history, cause-and-effect, and basic storytelling. Comics are great for presenting a linear narrative, which can help students get a good grasp on a series of historical events or a story about how actions have consequences. Naturally, some colorful and fun illustrations will make the entire lesson that much more memorable.

Letting Your Students Make Their Own Comics

Of course, you don’t have to just present comics to your students as teaching aids; you can have a lot of fun by having your students draw and write their own comics. While this will be much easier for students who are more artistically inclined, just about anybody can draw a simple comic that tells a basic story, even if all a student can draw is a stick figure and write short sentences. No matter what your student’s writing and drawing level might be, you can tailor this activity to match it. This can help improve a student’s creativity and do something that might be a nice change of pace from your usual lessons and learning activities.

Becoming a Professional Golfer

One of the most beautiful things about the game of golf is the fact that it doesn’t discriminate based on your age. There are professional opportunities for young teenagers as well as senior citizens, and everyone in between. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that you don’t have to develop a multi faceted game like Tiger Woods, Phil Michelson, or Bubba Watson to make it as a professional golfer. Many of us struggle with some aspect of the game of golf, and most often it’s putting. You may be excellent off the tee, but struggle to find the bottom of the cup when you make it to the green. Good news! There’s an opportunity for you to make it as a professional golfer as well!

While many of us are familiar with the PGA and LPGA tours, what you may not know is that there is a professional tour that competes in “longest drive competitions.” Maybe you’re a weekend golfer that doesn’t really fit into the “country club” type mold that many professionals seem to be; that’s even better. The World Long Drive Tour embraces the grass roots type feel that makes you enjoy what you and your friends do at the driving range on weekends.

While it does still remain important to consistently practice, this branch of professional golf embraces the part of the game that many of us enjoy the most: the long ball. While you do need to check on some specialized equipment for your new venture, your primary focus just has to be on increasing your swing speed.

Not only is golf beautiful because it doesn’t require you to be within a certain age range, it also doesn’t require you to fit into any sort of personality “mold.” With options like the World Long Drive Competition, all you have to do is work on increasing speed, perfect hitting the “sweet spot” of the ball off the tee, and see how far you can launch one. Long Drive competitions actually pay up to 6 figures, which means your dreams of hitting it rich playing golf aren’t as out of reach as you may have believed.

Understanding What Project-Based Learning Is

Project-based learning is education through action. Instead of only reading about a topic in a textbook or hearing about theories discussed in a classroom, project-based learning (often known as PBL) has students actively engage with a project to learn the concepts and real-world applications of information. 

Project-based learning is part of a wider education philosophy known as deeper learning. It is used with older students and younger students, spanning the K-12 education system. Sometimes the projects are something small and can be handled in one lesson in class, other times the projects can be large and take long periods of time. The projects have the students take an idea from start to finish to learn real-world applications. 

Many people unfamiliar with PBL may have an easier time understanding it if they think about after-school activities. When students join the debate club, they are taking part in project-based learning. They learn how to debate and through every debate they participate in, they come into obstacles and things they don’t know how to do, and in order to accomplish their project, they figure out how to accomplish these tasks and overcome them. This deeper engagement in the activity invests them in their own self-directed education, with the help of a teacher there to lead them further into the project. 

One advantage of having students learn through real-world applications is it helps them see the possibilities. When you have a student work through a math project that they then consult an engineer on, they see how they could someday become an engineer. This helps them understand the importance of their own education. They naturally understand that there are reasons they should pay attention, engage, and work through the things they are learning. Even without wanting to become an engineer, they are more interested in how something works when they need to understand it to complete the project, as opposed to one written assignment. The focus becomes completing the project, and learning what you need to do to accomplish that, instead of achieving a specific grade on an assignment. 

Currently, project-based learning isn’t widely used. There are schools structured around PBL, but most public schools haven’t adopted the practice. This is changing though as the benefits are further researched and teachers are discovering new ways to align PBL with their current curriculum. 

How to Reduce the Stress Associated with Teacher Evaluations

Teacher evaluations are a necessary component of the educational system. Although these evaluations are valuable, they can cause a lot of stress. Many teachers view evaluations as a potential danger to their career and future. Below are helpful tips to reduce the amount of angst that everyone involved might experience.

Ask About the Rubric

It’s helpful if teachers know the rubric that will be used for the evaluation because it enables you to understand the basis for the outcome. Instead of being surprised on the back end, you should know the focus of administrators, such as the specific skills they will gauge.

Inform the Students

Students should be well aware of the evaluation process. They should understand what’s happening and when it will occur. You should also encourage students to be on their best behavior. It wouldn’t hurt if you practiced an evaluation because it can help them relax when the actual evaluation occurs.

Prepare the Classroom

Distractions in the classroom are not just caused by people, they can also be the result of the surroundings. A great way to minimize this issue is by cleaning the room and removing any clutter. There shouldn’t be anything around to distract the administrators or anyone else.

Maintain Flexibility

As the evaluation process progresses, expect that things may change. If the evaluation date is rescheduled, maintain flexibility instead of getting frustrated with the process. This will ensure you maintain the right mindset for success. If you have prepared a lesson for the evaluation, simply reschedule it to align with the new evaluation date.

Receive Feedback Openly

Hopefully the feedback that you receive is constructive criticism. Keep in mind that the goal isn’t for you to have a negative outcome, but to grow in the areas needed. Everyone has room for improvement and we must all be open to personal and professional development. After you receive feedback on the evaluation, a simple thank you can go a long way, especially if the feedback is useful.

These tips can help to make teacher evaluations less stressful. It’s also important to keep in mind that you are part of a noble profession that can literally shape the world. When you win, everyone wins.

Risks 101: What Tiger’s Decisions Teach His Observers

Tiger Woods is known for his amazing success and risk taking when it comes to taking a perceived impossible shot. As an acclaimed college and amateur golf player, Woods began participating in professional golf tours at 20 years old. Within a year of becoming a professional, Tiger broke Masters records in 1997 in addition to winning three PGA Golf Tour championships in the same year. Being the most consecutively ranked number one golfer in the world, Tiger Woods is definitely a candidate for giving golfing shot advice.

Golf success comes with being strategic in taking shots since lower scores help the player win each hole. That being said, having an awareness of the risk of a shot is essential. Tiger is very calculated when deciding which decisions will both positively and negatively affect his scorecard. He also teaches his golf students to consider how their percentages will be affected by the shot they take.

For professional golfing spectators, it is almost baffling to see Tiger land shots that they perceive to be impossible. For Tiger, his calculated risk taking comes down to his positioning. “A lot of the shots you’ve seen me hit from bad spots, for the most part they’ve been from good angles. You’re not going to pull off every shot, but if I tried it, I thought I could.”

As Tiger’s career continues, his risks in the game are more prudent. His longevity has taught him to rely on other variables of the game when he doesn’t believe he’ll make the shot. “Physically, I just don’t have the speed to hit some of the shots I used to. I still see the gaps if I’m in a bad spot, but I think, I just can’t. I’ll pitch out, wedge it, and make my putt.”

Every risk comes with the opportunity to either take it or be cautious. Whether playing golf or making life decisions, Tiger Woods encourages people to take risks when a desirable outcome seems attainable. The difference between pulling off a hard shot and failing lies in the belief. Tiger teaches observers that taking calculated risks and believing in outcome creates something special: a champion.

How Cognitive Software is Impacting Students

In science fiction movies, artificial intelligence is made to be something we should fear. It’s painted as something that could replace human beings. 

In action, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to help people overcome obstacles. One area studies have shown this to be effective is in tutoring. 

An important thing to understand about artificial intelligence is that its key advantage over other forms of software is that AI adapts. You may have seen memes floating around social media where someone forced an AI software to “watch” a few hundred hours of a television program and then write a script for the show. What is happening here is the software is learning the things the program talks about and the general tone of the conversations in the scripts. It then takes that information to create its own unique version. This is cognitive software adapting and learning.

While art is arguably not the most effective use of artificial intelligence, studies have shown learning software can be a powerful use of this technology. 

Students who’ve practiced using cognitive tutor software for an hour twice a week to learn algebra have performed eight percentage points higher than students without this advantage. Eight percentage points is roughly moving up one grade, so a C- student becomes a C+ student.

The software has already learned where thousands of other students commonly make mistakes while learning algebra. As a student progresses, the artificial intelligence notices where the student is having trouble and is then able to focus the following problems on this trouble area for the student so they can better understand the material.

In a classroom setting where there are 30 students to one teacher, the teacher isn’t going to be able to notice where one student isn’t understanding the material, let alone tailor the rest of a lesson to diving deeper into that issue. 

Better yet, when a classroom full of students is engaged with cognitive software, a teacher is free to walk around the classroom and assist where they are most needed. 

At this point, we are still in the early stages of seeing what artificial intelligence software will be capable of accomplishing in a learning environment. Studies so far have hinted at hopes of more individualized attention for students and a deeper understanding of the material in less time.

Helping Students Learn in an Online Environment

Teachers and tutors who provide instruction online face additional challenges; keeping students’ attention in a traditional classroom is difficult, and working online can make it even harder for instructors to keep students engaged in the lesson and establish a personal connection.

The following steps are effective ways to establish a relationship with online students, increase student engagement and ensure that digital lessons are transformed into valuable, meaningful experiences.

Parents and instructors alike can benefit from tuning into their students’ response and adjusting the environment to be accommodating, comfortable and promote active learning.

Encourage Communication

Teachers and tutors should strive to make sure students are actively participating in the class. The only way to truly guage comprehension in an online setting is to openly discuss and engage with students over the course material.Communication occurs through conversation, not simply tests and exercises. Communication also helps build trust and confidence, making students more likely to ask questions and engage more later.

Choose the Right Platform

Teachers and parents of students should strive to choose a platform that feels natural, welcoming and intuitive. The right online tutoring platform will make learning easy and fun for students while being convenient and accommodating for instructors.
There should be limited but powerful ways for students to engage with the lesson, such as interactive games and lessons that allow students to physically connect with their coursework and get personalized feedback.

Minimize Distractions

There should be no TV, radio or distracting backgrounds when giving a lesson. Children who are taking online lessons should be in a quiet space without any disruption, including family moving in the background, younger siblings intruding or any other electronics.

Many students and online teachers are often separated by time zones, so cultivating an environment that creates a sense of continuity is essential to student success. This means that instructors should have a designated workspace and avoid any loud noises or interruptions during lessons.

Incorporate a Reward System

Reward systems with online tutors and teachers can make students feel accomplished, encourage hard work and make the experience more memorable. Incentivizing students while offering positive reinforcement for both good behavior and effort will ensure that online students feel connected to their instructor and truly remember the content they’re being taught.