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Does Jordan Spieth have the yips?

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I don't know that he has the yips, but there is a definite lack of confidence.

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It's that “beard...”

 

The beard looks like he staggered out of bed at SB2017.

 

 

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Spieth has moved ALL the way up to #163 in Strokes Gained Putting, but he is T181 from inside 5 feet.  For a player of his caliber, he has a problem.

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Spieth has moved ALL the way up to #163 in Strokes Gained Putting, but he is T181 from inside 5 feet. For a player of his caliber, he has a problem.

I am a huge Spieth fan. But I have to agree he looks very uncomfortable over the ball right now. I'm a bit worried.

 

 

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Watched a bit of the coverage today and it looked like he was trying to steer the ball into the hole. He doesn't appear to have any confidence in his stroke at the moment.

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I watched him miss several putts inside 5 ft at the Valspar Thursday and Friday, definitely something is off.

 

I noticed he's not doing the “look at the hole” on short putts thing anymore too

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This game is crazy how it's so dependent of the mental part. A guy on top of the world and two years later gets cut. crazy. 

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It is unfair to compare the history to these guys.

 

It does hold water, because Seve is the one they compare short game too. Next it will be Phil. None of these guys are near as impressive as Seve, or Phil for that matter.

 

Let's compare a semi truck to a Mini Cooper. That's the driver analogy.

 

I could go on, but I'm sure it's baseless.

I don't think Phil is all that impressive. He is an imaginative wedge player and tries shots that most guys don't think of

 

He is around or outside top 50 I'm scrambling from the fringe and strokes gained around the green.

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Spieth has moved ALL the way up to #163 in Strokes Gained Putting, but he is T181 from inside 5 feet.  For a player of his caliber, he has a problem.

Well, Jordan Spieth finished T-3 in Houston.  Nice warm up for Augusta.  Did his putting improve? Nope!  He went from #172 to #185 in Strokes Gained, and 3-putt avoidance he went from #68 to #128.  

 

 

I hope he gets his flatstick working this week.  He needs it to contend.

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WELL... looks like he figured it out.  Putting nicely on Day 1 at the Masters.  Good for him!!

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Did the yips cost Jordan Spieth the Masters win?

 

I guess he still hasn't figured out his putting problems.  He made a great run at the Masters on Sunday, but if he could move up even a little bit from #185 in Strokes Gained Putting and #T153 in 3-putt Avoidance, he would have run away with another major.  He is playing great tee-to-green, but his putter is failing him.

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Probably more confidence now rather than techique

Probably more technique in my opinion. The announcers indicated on one of the broadcasts that he had found something with his stroke but he would say what it was

 

When I mention technique I include things like stance as well. Read some comments on Rory that on Sunday he was standing closer to the ball than he was at Bay Hill. The smallest change for these guys impacts the putters path and as pressure builds the mistakes start to become apparent.

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I still don't think he has the yips and that it's more of a setup issue that he hasn't fixed fully. He is a left handed person who plays golf right handed and iirc is left eye dominant. This cause some alignment/setup issues for him and why he is a better long putter than short putter. I don't think it was his putter that cost him another masters as much as it was a poor fri and sat tee to green

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I'm not talking about just the Masters.  Spieth is #3 in Strokes Gained Tee to Green all year, but #185 in Putting.  I think he was in the top 5 in greens hit in regulation at the Masters.  He hasn't putted well all year, certainly not Spieth-like.  His miss... left-to-right breakers, particularly downhillers.  He made some great putts on Sunday, but he misses too many short putts.  Something is wrong.  Might be setup, or ...

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I'm not talking about just the Masters. Spieth is #3 in Strokes Gained Tee to Green all year, but #185 in Putting. I think he was in the top 5 in greens hit in regulation at the Masters. He hasn't putted well all year, certainly not Spieth-like. His miss... left-to-right breakers, particularly downhillers. He made some great putts on Sunday, but he misses too many short putts. Something is wrong. Might be setup, or ...

It is setup related and he's said that week after week when asked about it. The short - mid length putts have been a problem for him a lot longer than the last two years. It's just that they are not dropping as frequently this year and the Lon bombs we see him make aren't going in either

 

His setup with being left handed and left eye dominant playing right handed. I think he started getting the setup under control at the masters and we see him start putting better

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Here I am back on the Jordan Spieth putting yips bandwagon, and no one has said "yips" yet.  Early in the year after Hawaii I could understand that he was missing putts that he didn't use to miss.  He'd figure it out.  Well, he hasn't yet.  People have said that it's in his setup.  It's been two months since the Masters after which he was #185 in Stroked Gained Putting and #153 in 3-Putt Avoidance.  Currently, he is #186 in Strokes Gained and #159 in 3-Putt avoidance.  Hasn't changed in the last 2 months.

 

It's not his setup.  If it was his setup, he would have changed it, and it would either be better or worse.  He has a problem.  He's missing putts right and left.  I find it hard to watch him on the green.  I'm a Spieth fan, and I'm worried that he is in such a bad place right now that he has no chance in any tournament this year, let alone a major.  I was hoping that he would win the PGA and get the Grand Slam, but this is not good.

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He seems to lack patience. We've all been there. Dude needs to stop hooding his putter. That's a new move that isn't working.

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A lot of talk about Jordan Spieth this week as he starts the new year.  I'm sure the conversation will continue on this week in the Sony Open thread depending on how well he does, but I've been tracking his stats for the last couple of years.

2017

Strokes Gained ranking     42
3-Putt Avoidance ranking    7
Total Putting                       68

 

In 2018 it's a different story

Strokes Gained ranking     123
3-Putt Avoidance ranking   141
Total Putting                         118

He improved late in 2018 over early 2018, but the rest of his game requires a good short game, and he hasn't demonstrated that recently.

Good luck this week playing with Gary Woodland and Bryson D'

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