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What’s going on with Jordan Spieth’s putting? GolfWRX members discuss.

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As Shakespeare wrote, “Something is rotten in the Texas wunderkind’s putting stroke.” Maybe it was “Something is rotten in Denmark.” Regardless…

Jordan Spieth is, as we know, not rolling the rock well and is having his worst putting season since turning pro in 2012.

Spieth is currently 192nd in strokes gained: putting. Although, to be fair, he had sporadic difficulties with the flatstick last year when he finished 42nd in the category. From 2014-2016, he wasn’t worse than 20th.

GolfWRX members are keen to discuss what’s going on with Spieth on the green (figures are from before the final tally for the Fort Worth Invitational).

flopshotscott started a thread dedicated to the subject

“Currently, for the 2018 PGA Tour Season, JS is ranked 190th in strokes gained putting, while he is ranked 2nd in Strokes Gained tee-to-green (everywhere else).

“Jordan Spieth is the second best golfer on tour until it gets to the green, yet his best finishes are 3rd at the masters and T3 the week before that.

“As a big Spieth fan, the only part that really bothers me is how he fails to really admit that he has a problem. Is there not a big problem? Will it just go away as he gets amped for the rest of major season? How long do these ruts last, or is this like other cases of the yips that won’t go away?”

Mjen43 points to confidence and variance

“I don’t think he has the yips, as I haven’t seen any evidence of an actual yipped out stroke. He just seems to not be making much and has lost some confidence. At this point I’d just chalk it up to an extended case of variance.”

BNGL says belief is key

“Part of playing at this level is thinking you’re the best no matter what the numbers say. I guarantee if anyone here is noticing. Jordan is more than aware of his decencies.

“Vijay when he went in that tear of a season with 9 wins, told himself he’s the world’s best putter before every putt (even though he isn’t even close). Gotta believe.”

Eagle1997 says let’s tap the brakes

“1/2 a year does not a season make. Let’s revisit the discussion after this year’s Open. I think he’s still playing catch-up after the early season bout with mono.”

Ghostwedge says

“He’s over-thinking this putting thing. Don’t remember him taking this much time with putts when he was draining everything. If i was Greller, i?d take that greens book away from him.”

Of course, as WRXer ibanesto suggested, Spieth could always try this method on the green…

What do you think, GolfWRX members? What’s are you seeing in Spieth’s putting stroke, and what remedy do you suggest (if any)?

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  1. gunmetal

    May 30, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Haney says very adamantly that he does have the yips and that he’s witnessed a yip in his wrist countless times last season and obviously this season it’s gotten even worse. The strange thing is that the yips usually only present themselves on short putts and JS hasn’t ever been a very good short putter. Where he dominates is 10-25 feet but he’s just not making any of those this year.

  2. Bob Parson Jr.

    May 30, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Oh, so the Cameronites are not going to blame the putter? They are quick to give victories to Cameron, specially when the Douche of California is not the one swinging the club. Barf!

  3. Man

    May 29, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Putting is not the problem. His ball striking and proximity to the green in hot situations is what’s putting pressure on having to get up and down more often, is the true problem. He needs to get his hybrid and iron play in order. His putting is the same, if he can just get his GIR up.

  4. Kata dan Cerita

    May 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    hopefully he’s always okay,.

  5. Deacon Blues

    May 28, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Reduce or eliminate the forward press, which hurts the consistency of his stroke (especially on short putts). Phil putts much better these days with a reduced forward press.

  6. Hoople

    May 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    If you look at video down the line from the front, Jordon is standing one to two inches further away from the ball then when he putted great. Close the gap and speed and line will get back to normal.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (7.16.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Today is the day for those looking to get their hands on Bettinardi’s special limited reserve club set ahead of the year’s final major!

Any WRXers lucking enough to score this ball marker and divot tool set from Tyson Lamb from their mystery giveaway?

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Might this clever creation help speed up the game?

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5 men who need to win this week’s Open Championship for their season to be viewed as a success

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The year’s final major championship is upon us, with 156 players ready to battle it out at Royal Portrush for the Claret Jug. The oldest tournament in the sport presents the last opportunity for players to achieve major glory for nine months, and while some players will look back at this year’s majors and view them as a success, others will see them as a missed opportunity.

Here are five players who will tee it up at The Open, needing a win to transform their season, and in doing so, their career.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott has looked revived in 2019 with four top-10 finishes, including a T7 at the U.S. Open and a T8 at the PGA Championship. The Australian hasn’t won since 2016, and at 39-years-old, Scott knows better than anyone that the final narrative over his career comes down to whether or not he can add to his lone major championship victory he achieved at the 2013 Masters.

Speaking following his final round at Pebble Beach last month, Scott stated

“I’m angry; I want to win one of these so badly. I play so much consistent golf. But that’s kind of annoying; I’d almost rather miss every cut and win one tournament for the year if that win was a major.” 

A gut-wrenching finish cost Scott the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham and St. Annes seven years ago, and the 39-year-old has held at least a share of the back-nine lead on Sunday on three occasions at the event since 2012. The Australian’s statement following the U.S. Open says it all; a successful 2019 depends on whether or not he can finally put his Open Championship demons to bed.

Dustin Johnson

With a win in Mexico earlier this year, Dustin Johnson has now made it 11 straight seasons with at least one victory on the PGA Tour. However, Johnson continues to be judged, rightly or wrongly, on his struggles to capture major championships. The 35-year-old remains on one major victory for his career, which is a hugely disappointing total for a player of his talent.

Should the American remain stuck on one major for another nine months following this week’s event, it’s hard to imagine the 35-year-old feeling satisfied. Johnson came to Pebble Beach last month as the prohibitive favorite and failed to fire, but it’s what occurred at the PGA Championship which will leave a sour taste. With Brooks Koepka feeling the heat, Johnson had the opportunity to step up and reverse his major championship fortune, but two bogeys in his final three holes just added to his ‘nearly man’ tag at the most significant events.

A win in Northern Ireland removes both the ‘nearly man’ and ‘one major wonder’ tags, and turns his least successful season, victory wise, into one of his best.

Rory McIlroy

Whatever happens this week at Royal Portrush, Rory McIlroy’s season has been impressive, but it’s missing something big. That something is a win at a major championship, and it’s been missing since 2014. To avoid a five-year drought at the majors, McIlroy must win the 148th Open Championship at home, and with it, claim the greatest victory of his career.

Speaking prior to this week’s tournament, McIlroy stated

“I want to win for me. It’s not about trying to do something in front of friends and family.”

The home-town hero is currently in the midst of one of the greatest ball-striking seasons of all time. But without a win at a major to show for it, there’s undoubtedly going to be frustration and regret in the aftermath. On the flip side, should the Ulsterman triumph this week then it would likely eclipse his double major season success of 2014, and according to the man himself, it would also eclipse anything that he could ever go on to achieve in the game thereafter.

Rickie Fowler

Without getting his hands on a major, the narrative behind Rickie Fowler is not going to change. ‘The best player without a major’ tag has been there for a while now with Fowler – who hasn’t been close to shaking it off in 2019. Victory at the Phoenix Open back in February snapped a 24-month streak without a win on the PGA Tour, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone considering the 30-year-old’s season a success without him finally getting the monkey off his back and entering the winner’s circle at a major.

Justin Rose

Justin Rose turns 39-years-old this year, and each season from now to the house, he will be judged on his success at the majors. With  wins at the U.S. Open and Olympics already achieved in his career, a successful season for the Englishman now depends on whether he can become a multiple major champion.

Talking ahead of his bid to win his first Open Championship, Rose said

“People don’t come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you won the FedEx!’. It’s the US Open, the Olympic gold, the Ryder Cup. I’m 40 next year and yes, the clock is ticking.

I’ve had three top threes in the majors in the last three seasons, with two seconds, so I know I’m right there doing the right things. It’s just a case of making it happen again, because the chances won’t keep coming forever.”

Rose’s sense of urgency may stem from tough losses at the 2017 Masters, 2018 Open Championship and more recently at the 2019 U.S. Open. In Rose’s favor is that the average age of winners of The Open since 2011 is almost five years higher than the average age of those who won the Masters, and over eight years older than those who won the U.S. Open. To elevate his 2019 to elite levels, Rose is relying on victory at Royal Portrush.

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times; Tiger Woods grouped with Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace

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The 2019 Open Championship tee times have been released for Round One, and it’s the 2011 champion Darren Clarke who will strike the opening tee shot of the 148th Open Championship when he tees off this Thursday at 6:35 AM local time.

Clarke’s fellow countryman, Rory McIlroy, will begin his attempt to capture the claret jug on home soil alongside Paul Casey and the current U.S. Open Champion Gary Woodland on Thursday at 10:09 a.m., and Tiger Woods goes in search of major victory number 16 alongside Patrick Reed and Matt Wallace with a Round One starting time of 3:10 PM.

Defending champion, Francesco Molinari, tees off alongside Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott at 9:58 AM on Thursday morning.

Full Open Championship Round One Tee times: *All times BST

6:35am: Darren Clarke, James Surgue (a), Charley Hoffman

6:46am: Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a)

6:57am: Andy Sullivan Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy

7:08am: Chan Kim, Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a)

7:19am: Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a)

7:30am: Padraig Harrington, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andrew Putnam

7:41am: Bubba Watson, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera Bello

7:52am: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace

8:03am: Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Sam Locke

8:14am: Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, CT Pan

8:25am: Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan, Dylan Frittelli

8:36am: Kyle Stanley, Robert MacIntyre, Andrew Johnston

8:47am: Mikko Korhonen, Oliver Wilson, Curtis Knipes (a)

9:03am: Ian Poulter, Sungjae Im, Kiradech Aphibarnat

9:14am: Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell

9:25am: Haotong Li, Russel Knox, Bernd Wiesberger

9:36am: Jason Kokrak, Connor Syme, Austin Connelly

9:47am: Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners

9:58am: Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott

10:09am: Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Paul Casey

10:20am: Rickie Folwer, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama

10:31am: Jim Furyk, Si-Woo Kim, Jimmy Walker

10:42am: Luke List, Alexander Bjork, Paul Waring

10:53am: Shugo Imahira, Nate Lashley, Benjamin Hebert

11:04am: Mikumu Horikawa, Cullum Shinkwin, Garrick Porteous

11:15am: Prom Meesawat, Matthew Baldwin, Jack Senior

11:36am: Tom Lehman, Joaquin Niemann, Miguel Angel Jimenez

11:47am: Byeong Hun An, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood

11:58am: Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus, Dimitrios Papadatos

12:09pm: Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Innchoon Hwang

12:20pm: Erik van Rooyen, Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod

12:31pm: Ryan Fox, Shaun Norris, Dongkyu Jang

12:42pm: Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Thomas Pieters

12:53pm: Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen

1:04pm: Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma

1:15pm: Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond, Aaron Wise

1:26pm: Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett

1:37pm: Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky

1:48pm: Paul Lawrie, Chez Reavie, Justin Harding

2:04pm: Takumi Kanaya (a), Tom Lewis, Brandon Stone

2:15pm: Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten, Nino Bertasio

2:26pm: Ernie Els, JB Holmes, Abraham Ancer

2:37pm: Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Brian Harman

2:48pm: Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard

2:59pm: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley

3:10pm: Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed

3:21pm: Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar

3:32pm: Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock

3:43pm: Adrian Otaegui, Yuta Ikeda, Isidro Benitez

3:54pm: Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park, Yuki Inamori

4:05pm: Yoshinori Fukimoto, Doyeob Mun, Andrew Wilson

4:16pm: Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji, Ashton Turner

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