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Tiger Woods: Maintaining Mental Toughness and Tackling Back Pains His Way

Eldrick Tont Woods  or commonly known as Tiger Woods was born on December 30, 1975. We all know Tiger Woods as one of the greatest professional golfers of all time. He has been regarded as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for many years.

Woods managed all the health issues that he has faced in his career by being mentally strong. He has unbelievably high level of mental toughness. He knows how to maintain emotional control while focusing on the tasks he does best. No matter what, he’s only focused on his goal, always.

Tiger Woods

Woods is clearly in the list of most successful golfers of every generation. Not to mention, he also makes the list of  most popular athletes of the 21st century. Tiger Woods has been awarded PGA Player of the Year eleven times, which is an unbroken record. He has broken many records in golf. He has been World Number One for the most consecutive weeks and for the greatest total number of weeks of any golfer.

We are discussing about the health issues that Tiger Woods has suffered and conquered them.  His determination, focus, strong mental health and athleticism are a huge reason why he has always tackled health issues to rise and to be one of the greatest golf player in the whole world. He is an inspiration for the world. Despite these health issues he has managed to be the greatest. In this article, we are learning from him. Let’s dig down to it and tackle the problems his way.

Woods and back pain knew each other from a long time. He has suffered from severe back pain many times. Many golf fans had lost hope that Tiger Woods would ever return to international golf and compete with world class athletes.


Tiger Woods is a mentally tough guy. He showed it many times. The best part of this mental toughness is how well he overcomes adversity. Woods doesn’t just win, he wins in some of the adverse conditions. Woods successfully completed an incredible recovery from back fusion surgery. After achieving his health, he has played a busy 2018 schedule. but this is the concern of many gold lovers that Woods could tweak a muscle with any given swing.

Tiger Woods and Back Pain:

May 2010: Tiger Woods suffered a tingling sensation down his right side. He withdrew himself from a tournament almost halfway through the final round. Doctor’s were saying that  he had a herniated disc, but they never confirmed it.


August 2013: Woods suffered from a stiff neck. He was participating in a tournament that time. He could only play nine holes out of eighteen.

March 2014: Woods was playing in the Honda Classic tournament. He caught this severe back pain again.  And this is what he had to say about his back pain: “Well, it’s tough. I mean, it was just one thing that set it off.”

April 2014: Woods confirmed that he had been suffering from a pinched nerve that had been paining him for quite a while. He underwent a micro-discectomy to recover from this.

September 18, 2015: Woods underwent a second micro-discectomy surgery two days earlier to remove a disc fragment that was pinching his nerve.
October 2015: Woods has a procedure to “relieve discomfort” in his back and sets no timetable for his return to the PGA Tour.
April 20, 2017: Tiger Woods underwent a fourth back surgery. The spinal fusion was done to alleviate pain he had been experiencing in his back and leg.

Tiger Woods Quotes:

Here are some inspirational quotes by Tiger Woods that show his strong mental health, determination and level of concentration:

“Achievements on the golf course are not what matter. Decency and honesty matter.”

“Winning takes care of everything.”

“Winning is not always the barometer of getting better.”

“The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today.”

“I’m trying as hard as I possibly can each and every day to get my life better and better and stronger. And if I win championships along the way, so be it.”

“It’s okay to fail. Failing does not shape your personality; it’s how you react upon your failure. Do you dust yourself off and mope or do you dust yourself off and come back stronger the next time? Eventually you will win. It may not happen the next time, it may take a little time but you will win in the end.”

“One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people’s expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about it.”

“I want to be what I’ve always wanted to be: dominant.”

“Never beat yourself up. There are going to be plenty of people who are going to do that for you.”

“Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.”

More Quotes:

“As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support.”

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”

“My dad told me this: You get out of it what you put into it. If you put in effort and log your time, you’ll get the results.”

“I think the guys who are really controlling their emotions are going to win.”

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”


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