Harold Varner III admits he’s always had trouble focusing. Most of the time on the golf course it never mattered — growing up he was usually beating everyone anyway. But on the PGA Tour, even saving one stroke a tournament is invaluable.
So when Varner got the chance to ask Tiger Woods, a player with arguably the greatest mental game ever, how he focuses, Varner listened. He recounted the story while appearing on this week’s GOLF Subpar Podcast with co-hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz.
Knost asked Varner: “All the time you’ve spent around Tiger, is there one thing that sticks out, that you’ve taken away from him?”
“Yes, so I’ll never forget. I asked him, ‘Hey man, what do you do to focus?’” Varner said. “My dad always talked to me about I need to focus. And [Tiger’s] like, ‘Actually, I hear everything.’ I was like, ‘What?’ And I’m thinking, ‘Well, we only got like 20 more feet to walk before everyone is going to be around you.’ He goes, ‘Playing golf is like reading a book with the TV on.’ So I go home, I get this book out, and I haven’t read a book in forever.”
The best golf content delivered directly to your inbox.