Kaymer pleased to be quick on the draw these days

Tue Apr 1, 2014 3:34pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Kaymer had just seized his first victory in a major and was riding high at number one in the world rankings but a fourth successive missed cut at the U.S. Masters prompted him to completely revamp his game.

It was back in 2011, eight months after landing the U.S. PGA Championship title, that the young German decided he could no longer tolerate the fact he was unable to shape his golf ball from right to left.

"I could only play one shot and that was the fade," European Ryder Cup hero Kaymer told Reuters in a telephone interview ahead of next week's Masters.

"It was always a safe shot but unfortunately it makes the golf course at Augusta very difficult and a little bit longer. There were certain holes where I had a disadvantage.

"I can remember in 2011 I missed the cut for the fourth time in a row. I was sitting in the car with my coach (Gunter Kessler) and I was quite sad about my performances there," Kaymer added.

"At that stage I was number one in the world and I wasn't able to hit a draw. That was something I was quite upset about."

Kessler provided support and encouragement and together the pair set about working on the hook shot that is so valuable to any top golfer who has designs on sporting the coveted Masters Green Jacket.

"I talked to my coach and he said: 'No problem we can change'," said Kaymer, a golf brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz who are a global sponsor of the Masters. "'It will take some time but I agree that if you want to become a complete player we need to do something'."   Continued...

Martin Kaymer of Germany tees off on the third hole during the Abu Dhabi Golf championship January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah