What if Jordan Spieth ran your practice?

13 Apr

“My Dad told me growing up, ‘You’ve got to start setting goals.’  That’s been my philosophy, set goals and work hard, stay focused, and reach them as soon as possible. At each level, I always reevaluate my goals and establish new ones. I never want to become complacent, but always push myself further.” – Jordan Spieth

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Many of us had the Masters on TV yesterday – even if you didn’t tune in, you’d have to be living in a hole to miss the hoopla!  One year after Justin Spieth lost a bid to become the youngest Masters champion, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one of the most dominant wins ever at Augusta National. He never let anyone get closer to him than three shots after his record start. He never gave anyone much hope on Sunday.  And he will keep the editors of the Masters record book busy.

Among the marks he established this week:

  • The 36-hole record at 14-under 130.
  • The 54-hole record at 16-under 200.
  • The most birdies for the tournament at 28.
  • The lowest opening round by a champion at 64.

So how do you do that?  Break all kinds of records at the ripe old age of 21, when so many others have a wealth of experience greater than yours?

 Well, here are some things to think about…

He is willing to give up ‘good’ for the ‘great’ Spieth left the University of Texas to play professionally. He was reminded of how far he has come, and how quickly, when he stood on the first tee with a four-shot lead and history in his hands. His caddie, Michael Greller, reminded him that the Texas golf team was playing a match in California. This would be Spieth’s senior year.

He has an even temperament and keeps his focus, even in the midst of distractionhe has that ability to focus and see things clear when the pressure is on and perform at his best when the pressure is on.

Doesn’t react situationally and can adjust after a mistake

Spieth missed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole that only kept him from breaking another record this week at the Masters. That one mistake could have been a turning point.  But instead, he quickly adjusted, and got back on track.

He sets goals – at 14 yrs old said he wanted to WIN the Masters. Not just play Augusta, or just make the cut, but WIN. 

He visualizes winning – As a kid growing up in Dallas, Jordan Spieth would haul the lawn mower out to the front yard and create a makeshift putting green.  On many days and usually into the night, with his brother, Steven, in the gallery, Spieth would face a putt and imagine it was to win the Masters.  Some could say this was just a kid with lofty dreams. But visualizing was a huge part of what resulted in a record-breaking Masters win.

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