Jordan Spieth has put together an impressive resume since joining the PGA Tour as a 19 year old last year. He won the John Deere Classic. He was selected to represent the USA in the President’s Cup. He was ultimately named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Heck, he even signed a nice endorsement deal with Under Armour. Not too bad for a teenager.
He has all the talent in the world, but rounds like yesterday prove he has a long way to go before he can be the dominate player he is capable of being.
Many times during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open, Spieth seemed to hurry putts and shots. Often times he looked too amped up or too tight.
I guess that is to be expected of someone who should be in college. But, there is a way he can improve on the mental aspect of the game. Take notes from the most mentally tough player in the history of the game, Tiger Woods.
This afternoon at Torrey Pines, Spieth should lean on his playing partner as much as he can. To me, one of the biggest strengths in Tiger’s game is that he usually keeps his emotions in check. And if we do see an outburst from him (yes, I know it happens a lot), he usually puts it out of his mind by the time he plays his next shot. Ever wonder why Tiger is able to play some of the most amazing recovery shots? It’s because he has moved on mentally. He’s fully focused on the shot he is playing.
And that is where Jordan Spieth can learn something.