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Webb Simpson's Winning Strategies On And Off The Course

Editor's Note: This article is written in partnership with Empower.

February 06, 2024
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Webb Simpson is always thinking about what’s next. As the 2024 golf season quickly approaches, the PGA Tour pro and ambassador for Empower, a financial services company, is busy sharpening his game. “I'm excited for next season,” says Simpson. “It's always nice to have a fresh start come January. My putting has been really solid and very consistent lately, as has my driving. I've been trying to put in extra time, effort and reps with my irons – they’ve been below what I consider my standard – and they're getting better. In golf, like any other profession, you don't look for the end result. You just look to get better and make small improvements to get you where you need to be.”

Simpson is methodical about how he accomplishes that. When he steps onto the tee of a par-4 or par-5, he typically targets the widest part of the fairway. If he spots a narrower neck even further out, he’ll go for it as long as he sees no bordering trouble. “The best scoring opportunity comes from driving the ball as close to the green as possible,” he says. “It’s a risk-reward thing.” Likewise, when it comes to setting goals each season, he does it in bite sizes by identifying small statistical windows of improvement. “If I finish 61st this year on the PGA TOUR in a category, my goal is to finish top 50 next year,” he says. “I'm not going all the way to ‘I want to be top five next year.’ Let's just get better is how I approach it. My caddie is always watching my stats and knows where I am throughout my bag at any point in the season, so I never lose sight of my goals.”

Simpson uses a similar strategy off the course when he thinks about reaching his financial goals. You too can apply that mindset when it comes to your financial situation by using the free Empower Personal Dashboard™. It’s like having your own financial caddie that lets you see all your money in one place while giving you real-time updates. The professionals at Empower can address the money questions you may have, and help get you on the right course and ready for what’s next. Visit to get started.