Setup adjustment paying dividends for Snedeker (67)


KAPALUA, Hawaii – In retrospect, things are never quite as they seem.

Consider 2015 for Brandt Snedeker a wildly mixed bag that included a victory at Pebble Beach and a runner-up showing at the Crowne Plaza Invitational followed by a relatively pedestrian finish to his year that included a first-round 84 at the Australian PGA Championship in December.

For Snedeker that valley was a tipping point.

“After Australia, I shot 84 and played terrible, I decided now is the time,” Snedeker said.

After months of resistance, Snedeker went back to Butch Harmon and committed to a change the legendary swing coach had been trying to incorporate.

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“It’s a setup thing that I’ve been fighting. He’s been telling me for a while do it, but I’ve been fighting him,” said Snedeker, who went to Las Vegas to work with Harmon after Australia.

The changes, which he describes as a dramatic adjustment to his setup, have quickly paid off.

After teaming with Jason Dufner to win last month’s Franklin Templeton Shootout, Snedeker opened with a 6-under 67 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and is tied for third place.

Snedeker, who also put a new Bridgestone driver and golf ball in play this week, said he has slowly become more comfortable with the changes and finished second on Day 1 in greens in regulation.

“For someone who has done something a certain way their entire life it’s a big change,” he said. “I’m starting to trust my ball flight is going to be where I want it.”