Jordan Spieth’s putter was the hottest golf club in the world 18 months ago, but the former number one has decided it’s time for a change.
“It’s close,” Spieth said, in overall summation of where his game is at as the U.S. Open looms.
Close? Let’s see if Spieth’s comments hold water.
Looking at Spieth’s statistical performance this season, he has dropped from 32nd in strokes gained: off-the-tee to 115th in the category. Interestingly, his approach game (which he sought to improve entering 2017) has gotten better, as he’s jumped from 87 to second. His normally superlative putting hasn’t been up to snuff.
Second last year in strokes gained: putting, is presently 39th. Overall though, his “close” remarks hold water in the final tally: Spieth was ninth in strokes gained: total last year and has slipped just four spots to ninth last year. All of this signalled that it was time for a change.
Spieth is playing with a prototype Futura T5W Tour Only putter, which is far different in appearance than Spieth’s old Scotty Cameron 009 prototype. The mallet putter has two prongs extending away from the putterface. The putter also has not just one, but two alignment aids on the top of it, one that centers on the sweet spot and another that is the width of a golf ball, slightly removed from the face.
It must be a sign of Jordan’s maturity that he’s prepared to try something new, especially considering the success he had with his old Scotty. Tiger Woods was equally sentimental about his old Scotty–the club that one him nine Majors. The difference being that Tiger changed putters to appease his Nike sponsors, Jordan is doing this for very different reasons.