What’s unsuitable with Scottie Scheffler’s placing? The World No. 1 had THE reply


Scottie Scheffler on Thursday on the eleventh inexperienced at Los Angeles Nation Membership.

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LOS ANGELES — From 9 questions. 

To only one. 

Scottie Scheffler shut principally everybody up, didn’t he? The placing queries had disappeared Thursday like his golf balls into the golf cups at Los Angeles Nation Membership, although Tuesday, forward of this week’s U.S. Open, the questions rolled off tongues sooner than golf balls on LACC’s slick greens. 

“I noticed you testing a putter on the placing inexperienced yesterday and enjoying with the weights. I used to be questioning what you have been in search of out of that?” 

After which:

“What in regards to the putter you have been testing, too?” 

After which:

“And related weight and stuff?” 

After which:

“Are you altering putters this week?” 

After which:

“What goes into pondering and the philosophy of adjusting earlier than a serious like that? How a lot of a giant determination is that for you or anybody?” 

After which:

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“To not overthink it, however is altering a putter or altering tools for guys such as you, [is that] form of the final line of no matter, like after the whole lot else hasn’t labored? The place does it slot in?” 

After which:

“Final placing query. [Editors note: It wouldn’t be.] While you’re attempting to warmth up on the greens or simply put one thing proper, is there something particular that you simply return to possibly mentally or some drills that you simply just do to essentially focus in in your placing throughout an necessary week like this?” 

After which:

“Have you ever reached out to anybody as a second set of eyes along with your placing?” 

And eventually:

“How does Teddy [Scott, his caddie] provide help to on the greens?” 

Whewwww. These questions have been warranted. The putts weren’t dropping. But it surely was greater than that. Scheffler was doing the whole lot else principally flawlessly. Take a look at these numbers: first in scoring common this season, first in Strokes Gained: Placing, first in SG: Strategy the Inexperienced, first in greens in regulation. Peerless. And the important thing placing metric?

Putrid. He’s 148th out of 198 professionals in SG: Placing. 

Golf, proper? It may be humorous like that. You’re good at one factor, no-so good at one other. After all, you don’t win a Masters or transfer to world No. 1 with a very boring flatstick. Then once more, these items can linger, too.  

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However then got here Thursday and the primary spherical. Scheffler labored. He did change putters. [GOLF’s Ryan Barath expertfully broke it all down here.] And he dropped one from 6 ft, 8 inches for birdie on 9. And he made one from 17 ft, 10 inches for birdie on 10. And he rolled one in from 19 ft, 2 inches for birdie on 15. And he sunk one from 9 ft, 3 inches for birdie on 16. On 18, he three-putted, however take a look at the SG: Placing quantity now. 

When he completed among the many morning wave, he was within the prime 20, and he was within the prime 5 on the leaderboard after a three-under 67.  

To the questions above, there was THE reply. 

Afterward, in entrance of about 50 reporters, he bought solely extra. 

“How would you say you putted at present in comparison with latest tournaments?” 

“Fairly good. I imply, I rolled it good, noticed some putts go in. Fairly good.”

However I used to be curious. After all of the doubts over the previous few months, after the Tuesday interrogation, that will need to have felt good. Relieving. Encouraging. I adopted Scheffler to an on-air Golf Channel interview. I requested his agent and a USGA official if I might get in a phrase. I might. 

I requested him about 9. To me, that began issues, and so they wanted to begin someplace.  

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“I’d say it was necessary,” Scheffler mentioned as we walked again to the clubhouse. “It was one which I hit very nice, if that is sensible. It was type of a cool learn as a result of I used to be on the autumn line and I performed inside proper and it turned proper within the center after which it really dove again to the suitable and went in. So yeah, it’s good if you hit a pleasant, good — it’s like hitting a flush iron shot and it goes the place you’re wanting. I’d say the identical factor along with your placing — if you hit it actually good and it goes within the gap, it undoubtedly doesn’t harm your confidence.”

We then had this change: 

“In your pre-tournament press convention, they have been asking you placing questions after placing questions after placing questions.”

Scheffler laughed. I continued.

“How irritating is that?”

Stated his agent: “I mentioned one query. Let’s go.” 

Stated Scheffler: “I’ll reply. I don’t thoughts.” 

“How irritating is that after which to go on the market and put that off to the facet and simply play golf and hit your putts such as you mentioned?”

Stated Scheffler: “I imply, I don’t get annoyed at that type of stuff. The media is quarter-hour of my day, generally 30. So it’s not the most important factor to do. I’ll reply the questions after which I’ll go about my enterprise.”

And he did.  

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his position, he’s liable for enhancing, writing and growing tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.


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