Jordan Spieth Won The U.S. Open Using A Putter He’s Had Since 15-Years-Old
And actually, he won the Masters earlier this year with the same flat-iron, too. “Why fix what isn’t broken” is obviously the case for Spieth, evidenced by the superb putting performances propelling him to a torrid combined 23-under-par in golf’s first two major tournaments of 2015.
Despite dabbling around with a few other putter models here and there (namely a Scotty Cameron T-10 Select Newport 2 en route to victories at the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships), Jordan Spieth has always come back to his ol’ faithful of sorts, a Scotty Cameron by Titleist SC-009 prototype that he first started playing with at age 15.
Here’s a younger Spieth lining up a putt with the same 009 during the second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort way back on May 21, 2010.
According to Scotty Cameron’s website, Spieth was first turned on to the 009 blade after seeing Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy employ it all too often to birdie perfection.
Originally, the mechanical shape and crisp lines in conjunction with the soft Teryllium inlay of the Newport 2 headshape appealed to him. In fact, he won the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship with that putter. But, after a visit to the Putter Studio, he became enamored with a certain 009 with Scotty’s 3X Black finish.
The smaller, compact head of the 009 with its flat topline and distinctive, rounded heel and toe weight bumpers worked perfectly with his setup. And, as it often is with players who have this kind of otherwordly golf talent, Jordan’s pre-putt routine was uniquely his and required a certain combination of design and alignment cues.
Scotty and Jordan determined that a single sight line milled into the 009’s topline gave him the ideal reference point for alignment. He could immediately line up the middle of the putter to the ball along his intended target line. And, with his left-hand-low grip, the slightly cocked neck at address and his slight forward press, Jordan could easily pull the trigger and execute his stroke. A match was made. And, the rest, as they say, is history.
Yeah, like chasing golf’s Grand Slam kind of history at 21-years-old. Man, this kid is incredible.
For reference, Jordan Spieth’s magic wand measures 35″ in length, lies 71° with a 4° loft and is capped with an oversized SuperStroke grip. It’s a safe bet you’ll find it in the World Golf Hall of Fame many, many years down the line.