Suspending Judgment (Pete Carroll)

Suspending Judgment

“What you want to do is suspend judgment on your round and on any given shot for as long as possible,” said Pete. “Don’t say that you are having a good day or a bad day. Suspend that judgment. If you’ve made three birdies in a row and you’ve never made four birdies in a row, don’t think about making that fourth birdie – just concentrate on your next shot. Just keep walking. Passing judgment causes you to choke. You won’t choke if you go from moment to moment, from play to play, from drill to drill, from repetition to repetition, all the time focusing only on the next thing that is in front of you. You must have short-term vision. It’s like the lens of a camera. What’s right in front of you will be clear, unless you begin to focus on something far in the background. When you do that, what is nearest to you – the next shot – will go out of focus. Once you start thinking about your score and how your score will be judged, you have suddenly focused your camera way out there, and your concentration on your next shot will get fuzzy. Don’t write your victory speech before you have hit all the shots. Suspending judgment is not always easy, but with the proper practice and on-course routines, it can be done.” Your post-shot routine is designed to refocus your attention and begins with suspending judgment.