• The 23-year-old says he's 'gotten a little bit of a reputation'
• Believes work he has put in is already starting to benefit him
Two-time major winner Jordan Spieth has admitted he’s actively trying to improve his pace of play.
The 23-year-old, speaking this week to the No Laying Up podcast, was given a warning for slow play at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January (below) and was put on the clock on multiple occasions during the defence of his Masters title in April.
"I’ve gotten a little bit of a reputation for taking a bit of time" - Jordan Spieth
And the American believes extra work he is putting in with his coach Cameron McCormick on his routine is helping him, as he worries about developing a reputation among his peers.
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“We’re trying to get a bit quicker,” Spieth told No Laying Up. “One thing I’d like to do is certainly speed up my play.
“I’ve gotten a little bit of a reputation for taking a bit of time. Actually, three of my bad times came on No.11 of Augusta in swirling winds and a 4-iron into that green. Good luck committing to that shot!”
"I used to be a really fast player" - Jordan Spieth
Spieth, who is playing at this week’s Hero World Challenge, won the Australian Open two weeks ago – where he believed his pace of play was ‘a lot better’.
“I used to be a really fast player and over the past year or two years is when it’s kind of changed,” he continued. “The reason we want to shift it back is actually for my own execution.
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“In my practice now with Cameron, he’ll put a few balls out and he’ll say, ‘you get one look, take it back and in the middle of your backswing, I’m going to call high fade, high draw, low fade, low draw’.
“That’s creating an instinctive awareness of trying to take the club back quicker. We’ve been quicker in committing to shots and it’s helped me out.
"It’s not a great reputation to have" - Jordan Spieth
“Australia was a lot better. Something that we’re certainly working on, again, not because anybody’s opinion really got to me, it’s more that it’s not a great reputation to have if people are like, ‘shoot, I’m playing with Jordan tomorrow – he plays slow’.
“That’s not cool so it’s that and also that I feel like it’ll help me.”
Also in the No Laying Up podcast, Spieth recalls some entertaining stories from the Ryder Cup – particularly between Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed – and also trying to manage the expectations of following up his epic 2015 season.
Jordan Spieth vows to improve pace of play
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