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Stick to the plan until the match is over

Jordan Spieth’s strategic error cost him a win

jSpeith Masters 2016-2After an excellent first nine holes, he decided he could play safe with a six stroke lead. That’s when the wheels started to wobble and then fell off at the 12th. In three holes he lost six strokes, while Danny Willett continued the best round of the day with two more birdies. Suddenly Spieth was behind. In spite of regaining control for birdies himself on the 13th and 15th, he finished tied for second. After winning last year and holding the lead for seven consecutive rounds, he lost the chance to make history by joining only Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods in winning two consecutive Masters Championships.

In commenting on his shocking fall from the lead, Spieth admitted that he had adjusted his strategy to playing cautiously for par, instead of continuing to strive for birdies. “I took just a little off my swing and the ball started to float right. On the 12th I just compounded the error.”

The lesson for entrepreneurs

So the lesson appears to be to stay with your winning strategy, until it doesn’t work anymore.

Do not adopt a new strategy until a correction is clearly required. Avoid continuously assessing and adjusting your strategy, focus instead on execution and the results. Monitor feedback and adjust only the tactics, techniques and processes to achieve the desired performance.

 You will never win every round, but you will win more often if you stick to the plan and execute well. And you will continue to get better at the game. 

Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson

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I was reminded while watching the weekend golf that success in business and golf seems to require the tenacity and focus to survive the occasional rides up and down that seem to be out of our control. Hang on and ride it out!


Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Fred Couples battled at Pacific Palisades over four rounds to finish one, two, and three for winnings of $1.1 million, $680,000 and $327,000. Stricker went a very steady and impressive 68-66-69-67. But Mickelson and Couples took the roller coaster rides of 63-72-62-72 and 67-70-65-69. Hole by hole was even more stressful as they went from flying off the fairway into the trees to sticking it by the pin for birdie putts.


A great reminder that success at the end of the day can still follow some pretty discouraging results along the way.