Adam Scott is adamant his flirtation with a short putter hasn’t dented his form with the trusty broomstrick he’s recalled for the Masters.
Scott’s chances of a second Masters title appear to rest heavily on how well the 2013 Masters champion can transition back to the long putter he used so successfully over four years before a recent switch to a short model.
That switch brought mixed results, meaning the move back was a no-brainer, particularly with 13 top-15 finishes in his last 16 majors using the broomstick model.
“I’m coming to a major. I’m not here to throw the balls up in the air and see where they fall. I want to make sure I give myself the best chance to perform at the highest level,” world No.6 Scott said.
“Basically that will be with the longer putter because I’ve done more practice with it.
“It’s very, very easy (to go back). It’s what I’ve been doing for four years.
“I just switched up for three weeks, and so to go back was a piece of cake and really two days practice with it and I felt like I was at the levels I was at last year, which are very high, and that was the reason for it.”
Scott confirmed he would likely continue to use the long putter for the remainder of the season before the anchored stroke is banned on January 1 next year.
He has admitted 2014, where he went to world No.1 and won the US PGA tour’s Crown Plaza Invitational, should have been even better.
With 11 US PGA tour wins and a further 13 international titles Scott has always been considered an elite talent but he craves more consistent success.
“I really tried to push myself through 2013 and keep playing at a high level and take advantage of whatever momentum and confidence I got out of winning the Masters, which was a lot and I thought I did a pretty good job of that,” Scott said.
“And then tried to keep it going through 2014 but last year I felt I gave myself a lot of opportunities to win golf tournaments, but only won one at Colonial.
“That’s the state of the game out here. We don’t see a lot of guys winning a lot, and to break through and be one of the few guys who can win a lot is the next challenge for me. That’s my challenge this year for myself.
“I would like to stay up there and challenge for that number one spot..but the standard of golf is so high you really do have to push yourself.”