As one of the PGA Tour’s premier players, Jordan Spieth is used to having his every move analyzed. That move this time, is a switch away from the long-time Scotty Cameron SC-009 prototype, which he has been using since 2009, well before his professional career began.
A dip in 2017 putting stats was the big factor in the surprising change. In his first tournament with his new putter, a Cameron Futura T5W Tour Only (a prototype), Spieth missed the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
- Spieth’s new putter looks much different than his original Scotty Cameron. The SC Futura has two prongs and two alignment aids.
- Spieth was 39th on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting, when he made the change.
- He is now ranked No. 52.
- In 2016 he was ranked No. 2, and in his historic season of 2015, he finished at No. 9.
- He has especially struggled with his putting early in tournaments, ranking a dismal 182nd on Tour in round one putts.
- Spieth’s loving relationship with his old putter was well publicized. He even mentioned sleeping with it during a 2016 appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
- Spieth had been considering the change prior to his recent missed cut at THE PLAYERS, but his performance at TPC Sawgrass necessitated the change, in his mind.
“I haven’t been comfortable standing over it for a little while, and so I just wanted something that’s a new look, and the bigger a deal that’s made out of it the more bothersome that is for me. It’s not really that big of a deal, and every guy switches putters every single week. It’s nothing new. Just a new look for me for the time being.”
–Jordan Spieth, on the putter change
This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.