We golfers painfully know that golf is a constant struggle round to round, hole to hole and shot to shot. At any time your giddy momentum can instantaneously explode. It’s the same scenario for even the world’s best players.
Take Jordan Spieth. He’s widely known as one of golf’s most clutch putters. However, even though its early this season, Speith is far down the putting stat rankings. Golf World’s Dave Shedloski has the details about Spieth’s unwavering confidence despite the early slump.
It’s a small sample size—just three starts this season—but Spieth indeed is right about struggling in an area of the game that has separated him from his peers and paved the way to three major titles. The numbers game works like this: third-ranked player in the world is first in greens in regulation on the PGA Tour, averaging an eye-popping 81.67 percent, but ranks 153rd in putting average, 195th in strokes gained/putting and 202nd in total putting.
“Yeah, what goes through my head is I still believe that most of the guys that sit on this stage right here, you ask them who do they want putting on your team in a Ryder Cup, and I believe they would say my name,” the garrulous Texan said. “So I have no doubt in my abilities. Just going through just a minor slump that is just setup related. I’m just trying to get back, and I got a little on top of it, and I was kind of hitting the ball into the ground with my hands pretty far forward, which is a very … it’s opposite of what my natural tendency has been going back to when I was 8 years old.
“So I just kind of got into a place that I hadn’t been before, and I just got to kind of get back into a comfortable setup position and then everything will fall through from there. The idea is just to stop thinking and just putt and not having to worry about things. But that’s not the reality for a little while going forward here until I get to where when I set up over the putter I’m seeing my lines and I’m setup towards those lines.”
Spieth defends his title beginning today at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s paired with Dustin Johnson.