When he turned pro as a teenager he missed his first 21 cuts in a row world wide.
But over the last three years Justin Rose has won US$11,295,681 on the PGA Tour an average of US$3,765,227 per year with an impressive score average of 70.22.
Now that is very impressive in anybody’s language. He has also won four times in that period and goes about his business without anybody taking much notice!
Well what his stats tell me is that on the PGA Tour there are not a lot of guys much better from tee to green.
Rose’s ball striking stats are even more impressive when you consider that the majority of tournaments he plays are on the tougher courses on tour. He gives a lot of credit to his swing coach Sean Foley who he started working with in 2009 and also works with Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan.
Over the last three years his putting has been average and that is an understatement. One thing does stand out though is that when his putting ranks in the top twenty for the week he normally finishes in the top five!
So with that in mind his swing coach Sean Foley has got Justin to work with David Orr to improve his putting.
Again like Rory McIlroy with his putting coach the focus has not to change his technique but to work and improve his pre-shot routines.
At the PGA Tour Championship Rose was reported saying “You can make perfect strokes and not make putts. I know that I can putt well no matter what stroke I use is what I’m suggesting, when I get the right mindset”.
He must have had the right mindset as he finished 8th in strokes gained-putting and averaged 28.5 putts per round and ranked 3rd which resulted in a second place finish behind Brandt Snedeker.
Now if he can harness that same mindset moving forward we could see a Major winner in the near future.
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