How a herd of cattle sparked the greatest streak in golf

Golf Teaches the Value of Goal-Setting Better than any Other Sport

The author Brian Tracy calls goal setting, “The master skill of success in life.”

No sport is better able to teach us the value of goal-setting than golf. Every time we go out, we strive to pull off a certain shot or make a specific number on any given hole, nine or round. Goals can also be set for specific aspects like how many fairways, greens or putts we hit or how low we can get our handicap. For youngsters, this skill alone can be a life changer. For armed with specific goals, any task can be broken down to bite-sized steps and achieved.

When teaching I urge any golfer to play whilst setting "Mini Goals" which help the golfer to stay focused rather than playing with a score in mind. We all want to score better but if we focus on the score we want to shoot rather than the process of doing so we are setting ourselves up for failure.

Every round should include a process goal such as "I'm going to stick to my pre-shot routine and fully commit to my targets". You then measure yourself against this at the end of the round rather than the score you have shot. You are fully in control of your processes but your final score can be influenced by many factors that are out of your control.

How a Herd of Cattle Fuelled the Greatest Streak in the History of Golf

Byron Nelson had a much more practical reason for playing golf than merely winning tournaments. His principal motivation was to earn enough prize money to buy a cattle ranch. Nelson dreamt of being a rancher but his wife, Louise, was less enthusiastic. She was concerned with the practical fact that neither of them

knew a thing about ranching.

They both had grown up in the 30s’ depression when their neighbours had lost their jobs and businesses, Louise was especially fearful of getting into debt. So it was decided that Byron could have his ranch with Louise’s full support, just so long as he paid cash for it.

This simple goal led to one of the greatest golfing feats of all time. In 1945, armed with his dream and smooth swing, the man known as ‘Lord Byron’ totally destroyed the opposition. Nelson won no fewer than 18 tournaments, came second in seven more and enjoyed a phenomenal stretch during which he recorded an astonishing 11 victories in a row before ending the sequence when he came sixth at the Memphis Open.