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Tiger — Without All His Chicks, Lots More Birdies! Our Expert Says His Game's Gonna Shine!

Thu, February 18, 2010 2:15pm EDT by 2 Comments


Sports psychologist Dr. Gregg Steinberg says now that Tiger Woods is cleaning up his act, he can finally focus on his golf game instead of tail-chasing game

Once Tiger Woods gets through his highly anticipated press conference Feb. 19 – his first public appearance since news of his cheating scandal broke in November – he’ll have to focus on another pressing matter: putting his professional life back together. But will Tiger’s game be affected by the drama surrounding his personal life? A sports psychologist says that his skills on the green will actually improve!

“Tiger is one of the greatest when it comes to blocking out distractions. To have mistresses, that was a distraction in itself,” sports psychologist Dr. Gregg Steinberg tells exclusively, adding, “He probably has less distractions now, which means he’s going to be focusing on playing golf and having a better family life.”

So what can Tiger, 34, expect from his peers when he returns to the links? He’ll be scrutinized, sure, but not tormented. ‘Its called the “tall poppy syndrome’,” explains Steinberg. “We put people on a pedestal. But everyone wants to tear him down, so he has to be prepared and accept people want to [do that] because he was on such a high pedestal.”

However, the sports psychologist says that Tiger’s fellow golfers will most likely keep any negative opinions to themselves. “I don’t think anyone is going to trash talk. They’ll either say something polite or nothing at all,” he says. “I think there is a lot of respect for Tiger out there.”

But if the scandalous golf pro is tormented – whether it be from the crowd or the media – Steinberg suggests that Tiger refocuses using the teachings of his late father, Earl Woods. “He would train Tiger to jiggle change in his pocket, so he’s been trained from youth to have incredible focus,” says Steinberg.

Hey, whatever works, right? As long as it’s change he’s jiggling and not boobies, everyone’s a winner!