By Paul Morrone CFP®, CPA, MSA
I broke the cardinal rule on the golf course during one of my last rounds of the season: don’t think about your score before you reach the clubhouse. I know, it sounds counterintuitive seeing as you have to pencil in your score each hole, but it is one of the worst mistakes an amateur golfer can make, and it is entirely mental. It’s not simply the thought of acknowledging that you’re having a good round, because as a golfer you know when you’re playing well and when you’re not. It’s not a secret. You know generally where you stand. It’s when you tell yourself you ‘need’ to get a par on the next hole that things begin to unravel. Why? I have no idea, but I bet every golfer can relate.