May 18, 2017
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Jordan Spieth replaced his Scotty Cameron 009 putter with the brand's T5W Tour mallet during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Matt Cochran/PGATOUR.COM)
IRVING, Texas — For just the third time since he turned professional in 2012, Jordan Spieth is using something other than a Scotty Cameron 009 prototype putter for a competitive round.
On Thursday at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Spieth replaced the 009 with a Scotty Cameron T5W Tour mallet (SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 grip). The weighted alignment wings on the putter are reminiscent of the Scotty Cameron FX5R model Spieth used for the final two rounds of the 2014 Open Championship.
Spieth's putter has a single white line on top of the putter head, and two additional lines in the flange area that help frame the ball at address. The flow neck also adds a slight toe hang to the head.
Following a missed cut at THE PLAYERS Championship, Spieth expressed mild frustration with his putting, particularly his alignment on Bermuda greens. While the greens at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas are Bentgrass, Spieth confirmed the change at his hometown event was due in part to alignment issues.
"It’s nothing crazy new," Spieth said of the mallet model. "Obviously I’ve got a putter I’ve worn out for a number of years. It helps me line up a bit better, this one right now. That’s kinda been my struggle is lining the putter up where I want to. So I’m falling into a nice line and a nice setup, which has left me more comfortable. I just haven’t quite dialed in the speed yet. I wasn’t sure what that would be like today. Just a little off on the speed. Hopefully I can make the adjustments.”
During last week's tournament, Spieth requested two T5W putters to test in a silver and black finish, and opted for the black version during the first round.
Over the last two years, Spieth has ranked second and ninth respectively in storkes gained: putting; through 11 starts this season, he sits 39th in the statistical category (plus .399).
Spieth's track record with the 009 is well known. The trusty blade has been in the 23-year-old's bag since his days playing junior golf, and has played a part in all 12 of his worldwide wins. Prior to this week, the two previous instances Spieth switched putters (2014 Open Championship and 2015 BMW Championship), he returned to the well-worn 009 in his next start.
Spieth isn't the only high-profile name who has gone from a blade to a mallet putter recently. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson found immediate success with mallet models in the last year, due in part to the forgiveness and consistency they provide.
“The way I’ve been putting recently, I wouldn’t call it well," Spieth said. "I’d say it was pretty easy to transition. I haven’t been comfortable standing over it for a little while so I just wanted something that’s a new look. The bigger deal that’s made out of it, the more bothersome that is for me. It’s not really that big of a deal. Guys switch putters every single week. It’s nothing new. It’s just a new look for me for the time being.”
Spieth shot 68 on Thursday, recording back-to-back birdies on two of the last three holes to move within striking distance of the leaders. With the afternoon wave teeing off, Spieth had picked up just under half-a-stroke on the field with the putter.