GAINESVILLE, Va. – Luke Donald was so impressed with Justin Rose’s ball-striking at the 2013 U.S. Open, which the latter won, that he made a wholesale swing change, moving to a new coach in Chuck Cook.
Fresh off a transatlantic flight, Rose arrived at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Tuesday and went directly to the short-game area to work on his wedge play.
“I sort of evaluated my game from the Open Championship and obviously I look to who won, Zach Johnson, and tried to think what he did better than me,” said Rose, a two-time winner of the Quicken Loans National and this week’s defending champion. “You need to be very active with your wedge play, which Zach made a great career of.”
It is telling that Rose is among the game’s top ball-strikers, ninth on Tour in that category, but 133rd in approach shots from 125 to 150 yards.
Rose also said working on his wedge game allows him to fine-tune his swing and still conserve energy.
“It’s a great way of working on my golf swing at low-level intensity, which is good for my body,” he said.