LEAVE YOURSELF MORE BIRDIE PUTTS
When it comes to hitting greens in regulation, Jordan is a machine. He’s currently fifth on Tour in the GIR stat, finding the dancefloor 71.09% of the time. This is how he does it.
1 Routine is crucial
I like to do a couple of waggles behind the ball just to get my arms moving while I’m talking to Michael (Greller, caddie) about the shot. Then I step back, visualise the shot I want to hit and picture myself hitting it recently on the range or the course. As I’m stepping up to the ball the club goes down first, square to my target. I look up to align my feet and body square to my clubface and I like to have one swing thought.
From that point I like to be solely focused on the target, and have a ‘trigger’ before I start my swing. Then it’s a case of trying to rotate the clubface, rolling it open as I load into my right side in the backswing, and trying to get it back to square. That’s been my thought process for my good ball-striking and, to be honest, I haven’t reached a level where I don’t have to think about it yet. It’s a good thought for me.
2 Keep your footing
I’ve worked closely with Under Armour to develop the Spieth 2 shoes, so that I can achieve a firm footing. That’s really important as you set-up and swing. As you swing down into the ball, keep your back foot grounded until after you’ve hit the ball.
3 Reach for the green
My right arm is fully extended as I swing through ( below). I imagine that if I let go of the club, it would fly straight towards the target. A lot of amateurs lose this extension before they hit the ball, which results in poor contact and accuracy. Feel like you’re reaching for the green with the club, and see how much further and straighter your irons go.