Some more Q's and A's2009-10-12 Q: Routine wise on the greens, are you a read, line up & stroke guy or is there any notion of visualisation, feel & will the ball into the hole?? Come on man, give up the secret!!
A. I'm pretty much a read, line up and stroke guy. My practice is a lot more "just do it" training with no thoughts and mostly on auto mode. I'm not reading the greens in practice, I'm just trying to make the putt on instinct. I want that practice to move into my tournament game more and more and hopefully I can be on auto mode in the tournaments as well in a few years.
Q. I guess your putting is more like Steve Stricker, more strait and upright? I really like his putting, looks so easy. What a sick round Ross had !!! Ok, it's a pretty easy course but 24 under after 3 rounds, its not minigolf, or is it? Feels like its a putting comp... when you guys are on a a course like that :-/ Whats your view on these kinds of scores you can do these days?
A. Yeah, Stan Utley's (my putting coach) putting is a lot more upright then mine is. Steve Stricker putts great! Hands are higher on-line with the shaft. I try to get my hands higher but I find it a little difficult to do under pressure. We'll see what happens. Yes, it was the easiest course we have played this year (according to the scores), but hat off to Ross, he played unreal golf. The course was fairly short and not to much rough. It's nice to play a course like that once in a while, because it boosts your confidence. Although, I much rather play tougher courses so I can improve my game. On an easy course, it's all about putting. On a tougher course, all parts of the game are tested. I like it when the winning score is around 10 under par.
Q. That magic top-50 mark on the World Rankings is getting closer. A few more good tournaments during the fall will do it. Is that an important goal for you or do you see it more as a bonus if you accomplish what you want on the golf course?
A. It's a nice feeling getting closer to that spot. I want to play in all the biggest tournaments and the key to do that is to be top-50 in the world. So, it's a very important thing for me. To get there, I need to do accomplish the things I want to achieve on the course.
Keep asking questions, I try to help and answer them and you also help me reflecting on what I do good and what I need to improve. So, thanks a lot!:)