Jordan Spieth caused a minor frenzy in the world of equipment enthusiasts when he switched from the custom Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype he’s been gaming since high school.
After losing .572 strokes to the field average with his putter at The Players Championship, Spieth switched to a Scotty Cameron T5W Tour Only mallet for the AT&T Byron Nelson. However, after losing .772 strokes to the field with that flatstick and missing the cut, Spieth is returning to his original weapon of choice.
The normally world-beating putter wielder is struggling with his alignment, as he told reporters at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
“I was having a tough time aligning the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my setup with the 009, and that’s why I made a switch to a putter that kind of lined itself up. Just lost a little bit of the feel that I had with the putter I’ve been using for however many years. But what it did, was now I feel a lot more comfortable with my alignment and feel like I got my set up back to where I want it and I have that feel.”
Spieth indicated he and caddie Michael Greller put in some work at Dallas National, playing 36 holes Sunday, and that he was feeling much more comfortable over short and mid-range putts.
For anyone concerned about major mechanical (or mental) issues on the putting green, Spieth rebuffed the suggestion: “It’s all been setup related. So I just needed to look at something different. I didn’t know if it would be a week or a month, and ended up being a week and it feels good now.”
Another interesting Spiethian tidbit revealed in his presser: Don’t expect him to see your tweets. He claimed not to know the frenzy his switch created in the social sphere.
“I’ve been off social media for a while and media in general. I’m not even really sure what the reaction was other than the players on the putting green, which was significant. Like, ‘Why in the world are you switching?’ Which is probably what it was elsewhere.”
Pretty much. But now, we’ll presumably see a more comfortable, properly aligned Jordan Spieth inside the ropes at Colonial. Perhaps, now the putts will start falling like they did in the past: Spieth was second on Tour in strokes gained: putting last year. He’s 52nd thus far this season.