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‘Mess Him Up’: Months After Getting Belittled by Son Charlie Woods, Tiger Woods’ Dark Confession Resurfaces

Published 09/26/2023, 7:55 AM EDT

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Tiger Woods isn’t a legacy that was made overnight. It took dedication, faith, and resilience to turn a young golf enthusiast into the golf G.O.A.T. that many recognize today. While there is no doubt about the fact that the 15-time major winner has the talent and skills to achieve this fame, there is another prominent characteristic that distinguishes him from others. It is his tough mental outlook.

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However, the golf star alone cannot be credited for his focused mindset when it comes to golf. Recalling his tough training, Woods came up with a dark confession concerning the role his late dad played in the same and how he plays a similar role in his own son, Charlie Woods’, development as a golfer. This remark from the golfer resurfaces months after the rising star beat the legend at his own game with a mental technique.

Imitating his dad Earl, Tiger Woods, has a lesson of a lifetime for Charlie


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It was the brand Nike that brought forth the special commercial starring Tiger Woods and his dad, Earl Woods. At the beginning of the ad, the senior Woods can be seen talking about his way of instilling learning in young Tiger, stating, “You don’t really instill anything in a child; you encourage the development of it.” 

Earl further added about doing all sorts of things to “mess him up,” highlighting the nature of mind games he would employ when the two would spend time together on a golf course. The 15-time Major Winner acknowledged the necessity of such qualities on the field, and he is doing the same with his 14-year-old son Charlie, as per ‘Golf Digest’.


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The 2023 Notah Begay III National Championship 14–15 division winner has been a constant gatherer of all the information that comes his way from his veteran golf dad, along with the challenges. Even Tiger Woods, in a past interview, affirmed the same, commenting that his purposeful distractions are “non-stop.”

This, according to the 82-time PGA Tour winner, will allow Charlie Woods to create a mental barrier. As Tiger Woods said, “If I can’t get into his head, then no one else can get in there either.” Looking at the strategy, the basic question of whether the technique is effective or not is bound to arise.

Charlie once out-drove his father, Tiger Woods

While it is clear that the lessons received by golfers in Woods’ household are out of the ordinary, it is important to look at whether they work or not. The answer is a definite yes. Not only has Tiger Woods been able to wear the crown of one of the best golfers to ever exist, but his young son Charlie seems to be on a similar path.


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Thanks to the victory achieved by the 14-year-old at the Notah Begay III National Championship, Charlie’s stroke play showed dominance like no other. He carded 66 in the final round with over six birdies. As the stats are phenomenal, so is the mindset behind them. The same was witnessed when the young Charlie beat Tiger once on a long drive.

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Recalling his conversation with dad Tiger Woods, Charlie said, “We just take it one shot at a time.” And that, per the budding golfer, puts him in his place. This focus-oriented technique of the golf legend, given the results, sounds like a legacy.


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What are your views on this training technique now adapted by Tiger Woods for Charlie? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by:

Areeba Basharat


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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
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Prateek Srivastava