David Leadbetter - October 19, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamOctober 19, 2012, 11:48 am

When asked about what his teaching methodology is, Leadbetter said that he does not necessarily have a standard method when it comes to teaching. Communication is incredibly important when you are teaching and every student receives information in different ways. You do not want to change a player’s style. Instead, you want to add a new technique to their style which will then make them better players.

Athleticism has become such a big part of success in the game of golf and you can look all the way back to Nick Faldo as he was one of the first big name players to adopt the modern methods of staying in shape. Suzann Pettersen, another one of his students, is arguably the most athletic player on the entire LPGA Tour. As the game of golf becomes more global and players travel all over the world, it is so important to be physically fit if you are going to be able to compete at the highest level and endure the travel.

The best players in golf all have a high sense of self-confidence in common and you have to have that confidence if you are going to be successful. It is not arrogance but instead a sense of confidence that you are not only capable of being successful on the golf course, but that you will be successful.

Michelle Wie has been a bit of a mystery over the last couple of years. She seems to just now be coming to terms with the fact that she has graduated from college and is now playing golf as a professional full-time. Whether it is related to her swing or to her confidence, Michelle has not played well over the last year and a half. Any future success that she will have in her career depends on  her ability to believe in her herself and her desire to succeed at the highest levels of the game of golf.

Ty Tryon is a great example of a young prodigy who turned pro too early. Tryon was an unbelievably talented player who accomplished a great deal at a young age but he needed life experience and a support system around him at that age. Everyone in professional golf goes through growing pains and when you are a teenager, you cannot go through such changes without a strong support system and he may not have had the support that he needed at that stage in his life.

The advent of video as a teaching tool for pros and amateurs in the game of golf has helped every player and every level. Video has not only helped players by showing them what their swing really looks like, it has also helped teachers because video provides them a powerful method of illustrating the strengths and weaknesses of someone’s swing.

When he worked with Nick Faldo, Leadbetter said that Faldo’s confidence level grew a great deal when he was able to change his swing and become a better player. Once Faldo believed that he could control his swing and control the flight of the golf ball under any circumstances, he had the confidence that he needed to go from a good player to literally the best player in the world. Faldo enjoyed having Leadbetter around and Leadbetter would give Faldo little tips to help his game on a day-to-day or week-to-week level in the way that Butch Harmon helps Phil Mickelson with his game.

Years ago, most players – even the best in the world – did not employ coaches in part because there was not a lot of money in professional golf and the professionals could not afford to have a coach and certainly could not afford to have a team of people. When you would see a player with a coach decades ago, it was an unusual sight. As times have changed and there is more money in the game of golf, it has now become unusual when a professional golfer does not have a coach.

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”