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Tiger Woods By Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian

Release date: 27th March, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Neuroscientists have spent many years examining the longer-term effects of repetition on a child’s brain and found that specific types of repetitious exercises, coupled with the quality of the relationship the child enjoys with the adult guiding them through the routines, can have a powerful and lasting influence upon the brain’s development.

It seems unlikely that Earl Woods, a regular guy who practiced his golf swing in a self-constructed net in his garage while enjoying a beer and a smoke, was an avid student of neuroscientific research. Nonetheless, his daily, post-work routine, watched by his baby son Tiger, strapped into a high chair, was to play a significant part in turning the youngster into the world’s first billion-dollar sportsman.

Infants enjoy mimicking live demonstrations and according to Earl’s later accounts, by the time Tiger turned one, he had spent around 150 hours watching his father hit golf balls.

There are plenty of biographies that focus on Tiger Woods’ extraordinary life, but the well-researched and often revealing details presented by Messrs Benedict and Keteyian make this bumper offering (it runs to more than 500 pages) a cut above the rest. When it was released in the States, the New York Times called it a ‘perfectly pitched biography’; it’s difficult to disagree.

Woods’ fall from grace has, like his professional career, been well documented and golf fans around the world – as well as the professionals who have grown extraordinarily rich as a result of the ‘Tiger Effect’ upon what was once considered a dull, moribund sport – are delighted to see him back and in contention prior to the forthcoming Masters.

But Tiger Woods is no re-hash of material with which we’re already familiar. Discovering that Woods was once so nervous he developed a stutter, or that he listened to motivational cassette tapes so often he wore them out, adds depth to the subject’s character and makes for a fascinating read. The authors have clearly committed themselves to researching and double-checking, weeding out the myths and focusing instead on fact which makes Tiger Woods the best type of sporting biography: well-written, accurate and gripping. Buy it.

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