Faldo warns Spieth: 'Don't over-tinker' to gain distance


When asked recently what he can improve in 2016, Jordan Spieth said that he wanted to get a bit longer off the tee – nothing much, maybe five or 10 yards, the combination of improving his swing and working hard in the gym.

That still led Nick Faldo to wonder why the 22-year-old, who is coming off one of the best seasons in recent memory, would want to tweak anything at all.

“He doesn’t need to (change),” the CBS Sports analyst said in an interview with Reuters. “I’ve been there. When you’re playing well, you’re always looking for more, but all you really want to do is just maintain things. 

“If you’re playing good enough to compete against everyone … and your game is good enough to beat the best in the world … I wouldn’t go and look to over-tinker with it. That’s what many have done before, (thinking), ‘I’ve got this good; I want to keep going.’ But maintaining is a tough enough game.”

Last season, Spieth was in the middle of the pack in driving distance, ranking 78th at nearly 292 yards per pop. That was a slight improvement over his first two years on the PGA Tour.

Though he might not be able to keep pace with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy or Dustin Johnson, Spieth has changed the game in other ways, placing a greater emphasis on wedge play, putting and preparation. After a two-major, five-win season that saw him climb to world No. 1, it's clear that approach works, too.