HOYLAKE, England – A week ago Brandt Snedeker was on the practice range in Las Vegas for his first official session with Butch Harmon. On Tuesday he was at Royal Liverpool preparing for the year’s third major.
While that kind of swing coach transition may concern some players, Snedeker was encouraged with the progress he had made with Harmon and looking forward to this week’s Open Championship, where he finished tied for 11th place last year.
“It’s nothing ground breaking and nothing I haven’t heard before, just different. I’m hitting the ball a lot better and putting it on the lines I want,” Snedeker said. “His wording has made it sound a little more clear. I know where my bad shots are coming from now and I am hitting the ball a lot more solid.”
Snedeker worked briefly with Harmon prior to the U.S. Open before deciding to jump full-time to his staff and finished tied for ninth at Pinehurst.
The work the past week has focused on a few “bad habits” Snedeker had gotten into and preparing for the conditions he will face this week at Hoylake.
“We worked on making sure I can flight the ball down. Making sure I can hit those low control shots into the wind,” he said.