ADAM SCOTT has used his five week layoff ahead of the Presidents Cup to make a change back to a conventional length putter.
The 35 year old Aussie arrived at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea with a short putter and used a cross-handed grip during a practice round on Monday.
The ban on anchored putting doesn’t begin till the new year but Scott has apparently decided to take the plunge early.
“It was a good time to make the change and I spent some time working on it, a similar amount of time actually when I went to the long putter,” Scott said. “It’s kind of refreshing to make a forced change because my putting stats are certainly unimpressive this year.”
Scott said he didn’t put much work into his transition to a shorter putter earlier this year and “got a little jumpy as I neared the Masters,” before switching back to the broomstick for Augusta National.
“I’m more confident putting it into play this week,” he said in Korea. “There has to be a week where I start and it may as well be here and I’m very confident I can make myself one of the best putters on Tour.”
Putting has long been an issue for Scott and this year he ranked 158th (out of 184 players) in strokes gained-putting and finished 106th in the FedExCup. He had just three top-10s in 15 starts. He has also slipped out from holding the world No.1 spot last year to now ranking 13th.
The head of his new putter is the same Scotty Cameron prototype that he has used in his long putter since the U.S. Open, he said.
“I felt as comfortable as with the (long putter),” Scott said. “The way I think about it, I putt with just the left hand anyway and that’s where it comfortably sat on this particular putter. It feels the same as I did in Doral, and the motion feels very similar to putting with the longer putter, as well, kind of mimicking it without it up in the chest.”
Scott also revealed he’s been dealing with a lingering finger injury since the US PGA Championship. He has a torn ligament in his middle finger on his right hand, the result, he said, of the repetitive stress of hitting so many golf balls.
“It’s healed well enough to play and it will just scar up and hopefully it will be fine,” he said.
Scott is the International Team’s most experienced member and will be making his seventh Presidents Cup appearance.
In 10 stagings of the event since 1994 the internationals have only won once, at Royal Melbourne in 1998.