Technical focus bad for Snedeker's putting touch

Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:53pm EST
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - If proof was ever needed for the average club hacker that even the very best players can struggle in golf, then look no further than at putting maestro Brandt Snedeker.

Widely viewed as one of the game's leading putters over the past eight years, the fast-talking American has recently been struggling on the greens after clouding his mind with too much focus on technique.

A six-times winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker has not triumphed on the U.S. circuit since the 2013 RBC Canadian Open and he fell short of his customary high standards last season when he made 20 of 25 cuts but posted only three top-10s.

"Obviously my game hasn't been anywhere near where it needs to be," the fast-talking American told Reuters at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he is playing his fifth event of the 2014-15 season.

"But I feel like after making a change last year to (swing coach) Butch Harmon that my game is a lot better now than it has been for the last year-and-a-half. The thing that has been holding me back is my putting, I haven't been putting any good.

"I kind of made some changes that are really, really starting to come through and I feel like I'm on the right path. I just need to see some (putts) go in. You see some go in and everything changes."

Snedeker is not only renowned for his extraordinary putting touch but also for his old-style 'pop' stroke which is made with minimum of fuss in relatively fast fashion.

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Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble