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Michael Jordan is giving top golf pros advice

Mar 12, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

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When you’re Michael Jordan you get to play rounds of golf with Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Ernie Ells and pretty much anyone else you want to. Because you’re Michael Jordan.

And he talks to them. About winning. And golf.

Over at Golf World Tim Rosaforte got some of golf’s biggest names talk about it, and even Jordan to talk about it a little.

When I asked tiger Woods recently if there was one iconic athlete, entertainment star or business leader who he tapped for advice on life at the top, there was no hesitation: “M.J.”…

Els was doing a putting drill recently when he heard “I’ve got $100 you don’t make it.” Knowing the voice to be Jordan’s, Els said, “Make it $150,” then made the putt. That’s the mindset Jordan was hoping to see from the reigning British Open Champion.

“Just like a free throw,” Jordan said. “You need the right fundamentals, like to make sure you extend. But you should never be defensive, never assume you’re going to miss it, never think, ‘What if?’”

Jordan has an understanding of dealing with mental pressure at an elite level of athleticism like few others walking the planet. You hear athletes say all the time that the “game is 90 percent mental” and that’s true for them in a way that it’s not for you and me. I’m not ever going to be Jordan or Kobe Bryant or even Steve Novak because I was not blessed with the genetics, I do not have the baseline of athleticism needed to get into the NBA club (or college club, or a whole lot of clubs in my case). But if you cross that threshold of having the athleticism, then it does become mental as much or more so than physical (there are certainly still degrees of athleticism within the NBA).

It’s smart for players to lean on Jordan a little. Just don’t call him coach.

“This is all very flattering to Jordan, but he wants everybody to know he is not in the golf instruction business. “This is where I become uncomfortable, Jordan said…. “I’m not a golf coach, never will be, won’t try to be.”

  1. florida727 - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    90% of the game is mental.
    The other half is physical.
    – Yogi Berra

    • musilly - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      I always loved that Berra quote.
      My take away is, the game is really half mental and half physical.
      But we say it’s 90% mental in order to emphasize what is usually de-emphasized.
      It’s just a figure of speech.
      Let’s not kid ourselves.
      Jordan was a physical freak AND a sports-IQ freak.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM


  2. cranespy - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    IF Lebron had MJ’s “assassin’s mentality” ….. he would’ve won his first title in Cleveland…..and now could very well be going for his 4th instead of his second!

    • hannsta - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      That’s all it takes? A little motivation… and… poof! Illgauskus becomes Pippen!. Why 4? Why not 9 rings already? All it takes is attitude right?

  3. dirtydavis - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Pfft MJ giving advise…

    • dondada10 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      I don’t get what you mean. MJ is one of the most successful athletes, amateur or professional, ever.

      Now if he were giving advice on how to draft or how to not gamble, that would be a different story.

  4. drubyy1993 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    @cranespy or if he had the help in cleveland

  5. BigBeachBall - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    this is like tiger woods giving someone dating advice…

    • akmgiants - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      the best…

  6. deavn - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Michael Jordan needs to give Kemba Walker some advice on being a facilitator.

    • rexgrossman8 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Facilitating to stiffs isn’t being a facilitator. It’s being a bad business man. You hurt your own numbers you hurt your own market value.

      Put Kemba on any other team and he’s a facilitator because those teams have some measure of talent and can play. Not to mention hit open shots. Sometimes. But more often than the BobHornets.

  7. dko83 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I love golf. Worst comment of the month? Probably.

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