In his approach game Champ took his proximity from 50-125 yards from 22 feet, 3 inches to 19 feet, 8 inches. His 50-75 yard ranged improved from 16 feet, 8 inches to 14 feet, 11 inches.
From 125-150 yards Champ improved from 29 feet, 9 inches to 29 feet, 2 inches; from 175-200 yards he tightened in from 32 feet, nine inches to 31 feet, seven inches.
From 200-225 yards Champ went from 42 feet, three inches to 39 feet, 8 inches and from 225-250 yards he improved from 48 feet to 44 feet, 11 inches.
“I played definitely more consistent than I did my first year. Obviously there was room for improvements, but I definitely saw the growth in just myself personally, then obviously my game,” Champ said.
“More consistency with the iron play, about 160 yards in… I’ve slowly started to see the improvements of those. Short game and scrambling was what I really struggled with last year, and I’ve really improved in that area. It’s just all aspects of my game… it’s slowly starting to make the strides to where I want to be, and obviously I was able to make it to East Lake.”
Champ specifically worked on his swing mechanics to make this happen. When you swing as fast as he has his entire life it can be hard to get consistency with clubs and yardages. He is constantly evolving.
“I’m slowly starting to not get as steep (with his swing). As a kid I was extremely steep, so for me it’s just shallowing out with my wedges and lower irons so that way I can be more consistent with hitting my numbers,” Champ explained.
“At times, especially as a kid, I could definitely hit a pitching wedge 140 yards and I could hit it 170 yards. It’s just being more consistent, again, with that aspect, and then just hitting my numbers every time.”
Outside of the ropes he also showed impressive growth, speaking up for racial equality and driving change in society and the sport. Commissioner Jay Monahan spoke about the TOUR’s future involvement in the area last week.
“All of our tournaments are going to be identifying racial and social injustice causes in their local markets going forward,” Monahan said. “As you look out over the next 10 years, I think that we would project it to generate at least $100 million for those causes over the next 10 years, and that’s something that we’re going to hold ourselves accountable to.”
Champ was obviously happy with this development.
“With everyone talking about it, and again, anyone can talk about it, but action is what’s needed, and it’s amazing to see that,” Champ said. “It’s definitely a huge and amazing step in the right direction.”
No doubt Champ will try to be part of those keeping people accountable … much like he will also make sure he continues to hold himself accountable with his game and personal growth. It’s a journey we should be happy to be riding shotgun with.
Source: PGA tour