You can count me firmly in the camp of “I really don’t care” when it comes to the burning question “Will Eldrick ever get back to his dominant form?” So when it comes to another article about this I tend to simply to do the iPad swipe gesture and go to the next screen.
In this case though I think the opinion represented in the attached article has credibility because it is coming from Nick Faldo who, even though he can be somewhat pompous at times, usually takes the practical point of view on questions of controversy. This interview with Sir Nick by Randall Mell, a writer for the Golf Channel, confirms what I have always thought about this question, it has more moving parts than a yoga teacher on muscle relaxers and there is no predicting if Tiger will ever land on his feet.
Faldo’s main point is that since all this went down, for Tiger there is really nothing in his life that is as it was before the incident. He says, “Almost everything has changed, from the physical to the technical, the emotional side as well, everything seems different, so I think he’s still got a lot to contend with.” Further he points out that for a star athlete to be dominant as Tiger was you need locked in concentration for practice and purpose. In light such drastic changes, “quality of concentration goes. Your ability to totally engross yourself in practice for a day, that changes quite dramatically.”
On the question of whether he can win the additional five major’s it will take to surpass Jack’s record Nick says, “If this were just a golfing slump for two years . . . but it isn’t. He’s had a mental and emotional slump, and a physical one, too, because his body’s broken down, and a lot of that has to do with the pressures and the mind.”
The real factors like Tiger’s age, worn out body, questionable swing changes, tattered personal life, young family, and a major lack of self esteem just add more debris to the pile Tiger is sorting through. Add to this the fact that Earl sheltered him so much in his formative years that Tiger lacks many of the basic instincts for coping with adversity and taking personal accountability for fashioning a resolution for his problems.
I think what Faldo is correctly concluding is that it really becomes a more global question of whether Tiger can get control of his life again. A semblance of his old golf game can only come after all that gets sorted it.