We’ve all been there before, you’re playing golf with a group of friends and there is always the one friend who takes FOREVER to set up and hit the ball. Maybe it’s a three-practice swing guy or the guy who does 10 double takes, and of course, there is the guy who is super indecisive and changes his club choice three times.
Well, on Tour some may argue that Jordan Spieth is ‘that guy’ who takes a while to set up over his ball and hit. Whether it be a drive, putt, chip, you name it. Here are a few things Spieth usually needs to do before he hits his next shot.
Chat it up with Michael
Spieth is notorious for chatting it up with caddie and friend Michael Greller. We have seen – and heard – this duo dissect tournaments for the past couple years now. It’s times like these where you wonder if you need Joe Buck or Jim Nantz commentating Spieth when himself and Greller already do it themselves. Not many golfers are more entertaining (and interesting) than Spieth when he starts talking because he tells you exactly what he’s thinking…so no need for speculation from a useless announcer.
Not many golfers are more entertaining (and interesting) than Spieth when he starts talking because he tells you exactly what he’s thinking…so no need for speculation from a useless announcer.
Chatting it up with the ball
If Spieth isn’t talking to Greller then he resorts to talking to his ball. Usually, he waits until after he pulverizes the white sphere into orbit, but when it’s up there Spieth wants its full attention.
The 24-year-old was probably a huge advocate of using the spin control button in the old Tiger Woods PGA Tour video games, which would explain his fixation on how he wants his ball to spin towards the hole or away from danger on command.
Dusting off his trophies
No other 24-year-old has had more victories on tour than Jordan Spieth. Yes, that includes Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Since 2015 no one has won multiple majors on Tour, except Spieth who has three. Naturally, when you win 11 times on tour you gather some trophies or a jacket, which can get dusty just sitting around.
You don’t get to be the caliber of Jordan Spieth without taking your time over a shot or a putt. If you can remember, Tiger Woods used to always take his time lining up a shot to perfection. It would be as if he was playing out all the possible scenarios in his mind before choosing the correct one. After that, he would in-vision that perfect shot before going and executing it.
That skill can be acquired but for Spieth and Woods, that gift of shaping the perfect shot in their mind is a natural gift from above.
Just watch how Spieth lined up his incredible ‘go get that’ putt at The Open.
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 23, 2017
Then compare that to Woods’ ‘better than most putt’ from TPC Sawgrass in 2001.
Spieth is 63-under in Major Championships since 2015, the lowest of anyone on the PGA Tour. If he needs to take some time to set up the perfect shot, then more power to him.