Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with the Golf Standard.
Today we're talking about decision making and decision making as a routine.
If you've ever struggled getting over a golf ball and really being able to commit to a swing, struggling with hitting your shots, and just never feeling like you're taking good, confident shots, it might not be about your golf swing.
It really might just be about the decisions you're making and you ability to commit to those decisions.
This decision making process starts with your lie.
It's always gonna start with your lie because the lie is the limiting factor.
As you can see, with these two golf balls, there's tremendous amount of difference in only a foot or so apart, with this one golf ball on the fairway and this golf ball in the rough.
As you continue this process and you have figured out what kind of a lie you have, what kind of limitations that might give you, the next step is to find out how far it is to your flag.
Finding out how far it is to the flag though, is not really the decision as far as distance is concerned.
It really comes down to how far you need to hit the golf ball in the air.
That's where the lie comes into this.
With a really good lie right here, I can hit the golf ball, good trajectory, spin the ball, and I can control the golf ball not only in the air, but on the ground.
With the golf ball in the rough, I might not be able to spin it as much and I might not be able to control the trajectory quite as well.
That's gonna change the target, at least where I want to land the golf ball.
I have my lie figured out and the yardage to the flag here is 170 yards.
I've got a yardage book that has a nice diagram of the green, so I can continue this process.
Out of the fairway, I'm gonna be able to control the trajectory of the shot and knowing the slope of the green, I'm gonna either be able to bring it in to an angle or allow it to go down a slope to control what the golf ball does on the ground.
I want to make sure that I know where I want the golf ball to land so that I have some control of it on the ground.
This golf ball might be a little more difficult because I'm not gonna be able to put the spin on it.
I can take a little bit higher lofted club, get this golf ball up in the air, land it on the front of the green and let it role out.
The other factors that are included in this decision making process would be, I'm at 6500 feet, so the ball's gonna go a little farther here than it would at sea level.
This green is about 8 yards below me and that's gonna make the ball go a little bit farther.
I have just a little bit of wind coming down wind and a little bit right to left.
That's gonna influence what the golf ball does in the air and it's gonna influence what the ball does on the ground.
I also have a Titleist Pro-V golf ball and that ball spins quite a bit so that will help me with this control.
As you go through all this process, hopefully one you get organized, put these things in order, you're gonna find that it only takes you a matter of seconds to make a good decision.
Then the only really important part is that you're able to commit to that decision.
That's really gonna be based mostly on what your actual capabilities are.
If you know how far you hit your club, if you can control the trajectory, if you can control the curvature of the golf ball, and you have this information that you need so that you know what you're trying to do, you're gonna be able to commit to your shots.