Core Value: Judgment
Judgment: the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
Decisions are a judgment call. Click on the image of Rory McIlroy below to hear his solid advice that can be applied to any person that experiences early success.
We make thousands of decisions each day without really thinking about them but some decisions require more critical thought:
If you really want to play golf you need to develop some mental toughness. When I play, I often talk to myself as I prepare to hit a shot and I can be really hard on myself when I shot does not go the way I visualized it in my head. You will not see me pound my club or throw a club in the water after a poor round. Yet this is exactly what a player did on the 18th hole at the Players Championship this weekend.
Throwing your clubs in the water or on ground is a bad judgment call because if those clubs are damaged or cannot be retrieved, they are no longer available to you during the round. Why would anyone deliberately handicap themselves? Unfortunately, a lack of mental toughness often leads to judgment calls that are emotionally led.
I mentioned that I talk to myself when I play. This is not uncommon, PGA Tour players are often caught on the mic offering feedback to themselves after seeing the outcome of their swing. We make judgment calls when we choose the words that we use to critique ourselves. One player chose to use a word that was deemed offensive by his sponsor and he was dropped within twenty-four hours. That's a very costly judgment call.
In golf and in life we have to make choices. When evaluating your choices, it is important to consider all of the possible outcomes of those choices. This is where judgment enters the picture. On the golf course, you have to make the call about club selection, target selection and tempo to name a few .
The more you play the more you develop information about your abilities and how to approach the shot or putt at hand. While the goal is simple, get the ball in hole in the least amount of strokes, the strategy to accomplish that goal requires you to be clear of mind so you can apply judgment before making a decision.
In order to choose the right club, you need to know your distances.
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