With 2016 fast approaching — and the long-awaited ban on the anchor putting ban — it’s time for players with the long putters to start making a switch. For Adam Scott, that’ll begin this week in South Korea.
The 2013 Masters champion isn’t the first player who has had major success with the anchored stroke to switch, but he is the most recent.
According to a report by Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press, Scott has been tinkering with the short putter and a cross-handed stroke for the last five weeks.
“I think it was a good time to make a change and spend some time working on it,” Scott told the Associated Press. “It’s a similar amount of time, actually, when I switched to the long putter, that gap of five weeks between events.
“It took shape quickly, and I feel the same will happen with this,” Scott said. “It’s kind of refreshing to have to make a forced change because my putting stats are not that impressive this year.”
Since his win at Augusta in 2013, Scott has struggled on the PGA Tour, winning only twice and not since the 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Scott hasn’t used a conventional putter since 2010.
This week at the Presidents Cup won’t be the first time that Scott uses the conventional flat stick this year. In March at Doral, Scott rode his putter to a top-5 finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The hot streak didn’t continue, however, and Scott missed the cut at the Valspar the following week. He went back to the long putter for the rest of the 2015 campaign.
“I’m more confident putting it into play this week,” Scott said. “Playing with it early in the year I didn’t know what to expect. This week … there has to be a week where I start, and it might as well be here. I’m confident I can make myself one of the best putters on tour with a short putter.”
Scott better hope the work he’s put in pays off if he wants to continue one very impressive streak he’s in serious danger of ending. Since 2001, Scott has one at least once around the world. In 2015, however, he has been shut out.
With just six events remaining, it’s now or never for the Aussie.
[h/t Associated Press]
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