New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick seems to have made an impression on golfer Jordan Speith.
Speith is fresh off his first PGA tournament win in almost four years in the 2021 Valero Texas Open, and is preparing for The Masters this weekend. And something Belichick told Speith is ringing true, even years after they spoke.
“I think Bill Belichick, it’s one of his very key things: ‘Eliminate the noise,’” Spieth said Monday during his Masters news conference. “I remember seeing that at Gillette Stadium before I think The Ryder Cup in 2016, and it’s always stuck with me.”
“I’ve shut pretty much everything off for a number of years, actually — even when I was first, second in the world,” Spieth said Monday of the outside noise. “I just don’t think it’s useful. If you get to where you’re No. 1 in the world, I don’t really see why anyone who hasn’t been in that position should be giving advice that you would then take to mean something.
“Certainly, there are individuals that you trust, that would have knowledge. But as far as noise on making changes or this or that … I think I struggled a little with that early in my career, of listening to what was ‘wrong’ when there were 100 things right and there was one thing that was wrong about something that I did. And I look back now and I’m like, ‘The thing that person said was wrong was actually a weapon I had that was actually an advantage.’ So just gaining that kind of knowledge in turn helps me to, I guess, limit the noise that creeps into myself or my team.”