Friday, April 29, 2011
A Fake Hustle Moment
Have you ever heard the term "fake hustle"? Basically it's when a player looks like he's trying really hard, but in essence, isn't. He's just going through the motions, but doing it in a way that looks like he's all over the court. Fake hustle isn't good, because you aren't really busting your butt, you're just making it look like you're busting your butt.
A sister of "fake hustle" is "fake tough." It's the guys that'll get in your face on a basketball court but will never really do anything. They're not tough, but they'll make you think they are. The thing is, if you look them in the eyes, you can see that nothing would ever happen. Like a snake, they're more scared of you then you are of them. Mobb Deep had something like this, when he once said, "there ain't no such things as halfway crooks."
Why am I telling you this on a golf blog? Because that's exactly what I feel when I read the above tweet by Tiger Woods on Friday. He probably was getting 100 questions a minute when he opened up his account to questions, but he went with this one. "I have 14 of them." I mean, come on dude. You are 176th on tour in driving accuracy, so you really think your driver is the equivalent of Tin Cup's 7-iron? You are 121st in putting average, so you're going to compliment Mr. Three Wiggle?
I just don't get this. It was like when he answered the, "Who is the best in the world right now" question with, "When I get my swing together ..." Come on, Tiger, you're not fooling us anymore. We're not idiots.
I don't know why this irks me, but it does. It's like he wants us to think he's tough, or over-confident or something, when he really, really isn't. The real answers are out on that golf course, in the dirt, and for the last two years, you haven't shown us anything.
So maybe stop with the fake hustle. We're not really buying it anymore.