AVONDALE, La. – Before seeing instructor Brian White for the first time last month, D.A. Points had missed seven of nine cuts, with no finish better than 63rd.
Their putting session at the Shell Houston Open, at the suggestion of another player, turned out to be exactly what Points needed. A few days later, he holed a 13-foot putt on the 72nd hole to win his first title since 2010. Points hadn’t seen White since.
But on Wednesday, White made the trek from Beaumont, Texas, and worked with Points and a few of his other clients here at TPC Louisiana.
Once again, White noticed a few faults in Points’ stroke: His right hip was too high at address, and his takeaway was too much with his hands and wrists and not a natural swinging of the arms.
And just like in Houston, the feedback immediately resonated with Points. After rounds of 66-68, he’s two shots back heading into the weekend.
“If you make putts, the game of golf is so much easier,” he said. “I’m making putts and I’m very confident over my shorter putts. When you feel like you’re going to make everything inside 5 feet, that makes the rest of your life a lot easier.”
Points’ only top-10 finish this season – his only top 30, actually – came in Houston, where he won. Since that surprising victory, he has finished T-53 and T-38.
“I’ve realized that it’s going to happen,” he said of his recent run of success. “You’re going to play good. You’re going to play bad. You just have to try to hang in there when it’s not going good and believe that it’s going to turn around and be good eventually.”