124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Make The Turn Challenge #14: Play Recklessly

June 16, 2014

I believe one of the keys in life to getting what you want is learning to let go of all of the things you spend so much time trying to control.

The key to this whole idea is embracing the paradox that rules the world we live in. Golf is full of paradoxes such as "relax to generate more power" or sometimes even "swinging in the direction your ball is missing" in order to better find your target.


As it relates to playing nervous or tight for a moment, think of the word "disease." Broken down it's, "dis-ease," or without ease. If you're trying to control the motion or outcome of your shots too much, then your swing and mind are working way too hard and are in a state of disease. This is what happened to me; especially the more I worried about NOT hitting the window referenced in this week's challenge video.

I've found that to be unconsciously brilliant and disease free, you have to learn to generate an attitude where you actually feel a bit careless or even reckless. If you find yourself attempting to control too much, try throwing caution to the wind and let go with reckless abandon. Like a skydiver jumping from an airplane who's not at all concerned about their parachute opening, you'll be amazed at just how good letting go can feel!

Jeff Ritter is the CEO/Founder of__ MTT Performance__. The program operates out of Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif. Follow him on Twitter at @mttgolf