Putter switch benefiting Koepka


IRVING, Texas – Never underestimate the value of a fresh look.

Since the PGA Tour left the West Coast, Brooks Koepka hadn’t posted a top-10 finish at a stroke-play event, the byproduct of a balky putter.

Last week at The Players,Koepka switched to a new version of Nike Golf’s Method putter with better results, opening with rounds of 66-70 before being sidetracked, like many others, by exceedingly difficult conditions on the weekend.

With more manageable greens this week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Koepka has continued his turnaround with rounds of 65-64 for a share of the early lead with Jordan Spieth.

“I finally feel like I'm rolling the putts and seeing them go in, which is nice,” Koepka said.

Koepka has needed just 26 putts for each of his first two rounds at TPC Four Seasons and his strokes gained-putting average (.943) was significantly better than his season average (.236).

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Although he conceded he doesn’t like to tinker with his equipment, Koepka said his new putter has a slightly softer face insert which is beneficial on faster greens.

Koepka also relied on the strength of his game, his driving, to overpower the Four Seasons course on Days 1 and 2, averaging 293 yards off the tee and hitting 19 of 28 fairways.

“When you're driving it far and hitting the fairways that usually helps but I've got to stick to what I'm doing,” Koepka said. “Be a little more aggressive, aiming pretty much at every flag.”