December 2017

SAVAGE IRONS
HIT THEM LONGER AND STRAIGHTER.
BY BROOKS KOEPKA

On the Tuesday of US Open week, I was with my short-game coach, Pete Cowen. He pulled me aside and said he wouldn’t work with me until we talked. That’s when he told me there was no way I could win the way I was going about things. It was harsh, but I’m the type of person that if you tell me I can’t do something, I’ll find a way to do it. And that’s what I did at the US Open.
I took his talk as a challenge, got myself super focused on what I needed to do on each and every shot, stayed patient, and ended up winning my first major. A big reason for that was my iron play. I hit 86 percent of the greens in regulation that week. That’s 62 out of 72. When you’re consistently putting for birdie and not trying to save par, that’s a huge advantage at the Open. Most people focus on how hard I swing my clubs as a reason for my success, but there are some other things about my swing that are beneficial for both power and accuracy – and they can help you, too – especially if you’re struggling with consistency. Hitting savage irons sounds cool. Make it a reality. – WITH RON KASPRISKE