How tweak­ing my green-read­ing process paid big div­i­dends

Golf World (UK) - - Jason Day -

“On at least half-a-dozen oc­ca­sions dur­ing a round, I used to have my cad­die and coach Colin Swat­ton read a putt and I’d then ask him what he saw. At the start of 2015, he sug­gested I should read all the putts. At the time I was like, ‘What?!’ But he told me he thought it would chal­lenge me to gather more in­for­ma­tion and help me be­come more com­mit­ted to my stroke.

The point Col made was that if we’re both read­ing putts, it’ll ei­ther con­firm what I’m al­ready think­ing, or it will cre­ate con­fu­sion. Ob­vi­ously, you don’t want the sec­ond one.

“We’re both good at read­ing greens, but the dif­fer­ence is Col has no idea how I’m feel­ing stand­ing over the ball and how hard I’m go­ing to hit the putt. If I hit it too softly be­cause of some­thing I feel at ad­dress and leave it short, it cre­ates doubt. Was it my read or his that was off? It’s not a knock on Swatto; it’s him fig­ur­ing out some­thing that al­lowed me to take own­er­ship and be more com­mit­ted. It’s given me more con­fi­dence be­cause I don’t have any doubts when I’m stood over a putt.”

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