Pref­er­ence Test

Fac­tor into your shot se­lec­tion

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his Sep­tem­ber, Lib­erty Na­tional Golf Club in Jersey City, N. J., hosts the Pres­i­dents Cup. It was de­signed by Tom Kite and the late Bob Cupp, who was one of my first de­sign as­so­ciates. Putting your tee shot in play on the par- 4 18th ( which will be the 14th for the match-play event to en­sure most groups reach this dra­matic hole, is cru­cial. What’s in­ter­est­ing about the trou­ble on this hole— or any hole—is how it draws out the per­son­al­ity of the golfer. I tell peo­ple this all the time: The key to play­ing well is to first un­der­stand who golfdigestme. com sep­tem­ber 2017 you are as a per­son, and then man­age that.

Arnold Palmer’s per­son­al­ity, which was ag­gres­sive and spir­ited, came out in the shots he chose to play. My na­ture was more cau­tious. I was more likely to ex­e­cute a con­ser­va­tive shot well, be­cause I was more com­fort­able with them. In to­day’s game, I’d say Rory McIl­roy tends to­ward ag­gres­sive­ness, whereas Jor­dan Spieth is more prag­matic.

Gen­er­ally, the way you are in life is how you are on the golf course. Recog­nis­ing your na­ture is how you take con­trol of your de­ci­sion-mak­ing. — WITH MAX ADLER

Play­ers al­ready feel enough pres­sure in in­ter­na­tional team com­pe­ti­tions. I’d never tell a guy this is a big, im­por­tant match or that I hope he does well. I’d say just the op­po­site. Maybe make a lit­tle joke to lighten the mood and in­still some con­fi­dence. In 1973, Tom Weiskopf’s first Ry­der Cup, he lost his first two matches. I said in front of the whole team, “I want Tom as my part­ner. C’mon Tom, let’s go get you in the record book.” We won our match and ul­ti­mately de­feated Great Bri­tain & Ire­land, 19-13. I wanted Tom to re­lax be­cause we all play bet­ter when we’re hav­ing fun. Il­lus­tra­tion by Chris O’Ri­ley

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