Scottie Scheffler's struggles with the putter have been well documented in recent months, but victory at the Hero World Challenge last week suggests the tides may be changing.
To learn more about the World No. 1's putting, we spoke to the man behind the scenes, Scheffler's new coach, Phil Kenyon.
He has recently opened a new state-of-the-art putting studio at Tee Box in London. The indoor golf facility features the only Zen Green in the city, as well as a Sam PuttLab. To find out more about the studio, we headed down there to meet the man himself.
Scheffler first contacted Kenyon during the Tour Championship at East Lake, and the pair joined forces weeks before the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.
Discussing the first session they had together, Kenyon said:
Despite some nerve-wracking putting performances at the Ryder Cup, the spoils of Kenyon's labour have already begun to show, as Scheffler demonstrated a much steadier hand with the putter when he won the Hero World Challenge last week at Albany Golf Club.
The winning moment for Scottie Scheffler pic.twitter.com/cCZqPXSxSf— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) December 3, 2023
Eager to dig a little deeper into what exactly the two are working on, Kenyon revealed that simplifying things has been vital for improvement.
Having been ranked 162nd in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour in 2023, there is clearly lots of room for improvement with Scheffler's stroke. However, Kenyon believes that having an understanding of what is going wrong is all part of improving.
What a golfer, indeed. Scheffler's game has been imperious in 2023, and aside from his putting, he has stood atop almost every strokes gained category on the PGA Tour from tee to green. Thanks to his outstanding ball striking, he has also retained his spot at the top of the official golf world rankings.
It could be a scary year for everyone else on the PGA Tour if Kenyon and Scheffler are able to form a productive relationship, and the early signs are promising, but despite that, Kenyon was cautious about his optimism.
While Kenyon offered an understandably measured forecast for Scheffler's future, we believe this partnership could prove terrible news for the rest of the PGA Tour, and we can't wait to see what pair can cook up for the 2024 season.