21 May 2012
Jason Dufner is currently the most consistent and hottest player on tour. He gets the award for determination and self belief. At 35 years of age, it took an awfully lot of conquering self doubt to finally begin reaping the rewards for hard work and perseverance. Sandwiching a marriage ceremony and honeymoon in between his first two tour victories is quite the achievement. A BIG CONGRATS to Jason Dufner on his 2nd trip to the winners circle.
What I like so much about Jason’s approach to the game is the consistency of his routines. He figures out what shot is the best for HIM to play in each circumstance, and methodically (though not belabored) goes about preparing himself to play THAT SHOT! He has learned the discipline of not pulling the trigger until he is ready. And yet, he’s been able to reduce his # of waggles by approximately 1/2 of where he was last fall when he lost a playoff to Keegan Bradley in the PGA Championship.
Well done Duff! You are an excellent model for the young players coming up. Here’s to keeping it up!
Journeyman Dickie Pride and Tommy “two gloves” Gainey have travelled a similar road to that of Jason. They came close in this one. They share our CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR AWARD this week. Both, like Jason could do with a putting routine that flows better from start to finish. The rhythm of the putting routine is the key to keeping one’s mind quiet while putting, which keeps us from steering or guiding our putts.
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