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The 14-time Major winner sat down with GOLFTV's Henni Zuel to discuss his pre-game rituals
How Tiger Woods Prepares For A Tournament Round
In GOLFTV's latest Tiger Woods exclusive, the 14-time Major winner reveals how he prepares for a tournament round.
Woods says that he now arrives to the golf course 2 1/2 - 3 hours before his tee time to get his body loose in the right shape before heading out to the course.
"As I've gotten older and had to deal with more, I've actually gotten here earlier and earlier and earlier before a round and I've stayed later after rounds getting worked on so I have to make sure that the body is explosive and ready to go and stretched out," he told GOLFTV.
"It's not like the old days where I'd wake up and go out there, drop a ball and hit it 300 yards in the air, it doesn't work that way anymore.
"For a Pro-Am today, I would have never have gone down to the range. I would have stayed here right up on top, couple putts, go out there and a hit a nice, softy cut driver right up to the end of the walkway and be totally fine.
"I have to make sure that I'm not too amped up because of the energy of the tournament environment. I have always been a one that needs to calm down. I want to get into the fight. I want to go toe-to-toe with these guys and I get amped up to play but I need to dumb it down sometimes.
Watch the video below:
Woods tees it up in the Genesis Open this week at Riviera looking to win the tournament for the first time in his career.
It is also the tournament where he made his PGA Tour debut aged 16.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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