WHY I CHANGED MY ROUTINE
How tweaking my green-reading process paid big dividends
“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.”