Jason Dufner & Chuck Cook - Blast Golf (Part 2)

Jason Dufner and his coach Chuck Cook discuss what Blast Golf is all about and how much structure and knowledge it has provided them to improve their putting (Part 2).


What was your worst fault? The pace?

The pace of my stroke. I couldn't have a consistent rhythm. I couldn't have consistent timing. I'd be really quick off the golf ball. And then I'd have some type of d-cell because I was pulling out-- kind of like in my golf swing-- I'd be pulling out my left shoulder or my left hip, and that would cause the de-acceleration.

And they're able to-- I saw it. We haven't turned it on today. But there's sort of what you'd call a matrix you go through at the beginning to sort of calibrate. Tell us about what that is.

You got all types of little different drills.

Short putts.

Short putts. A lot of the stuff we do is inside of a foot. And I'm just trying to be real controlled with the stroke. We'll do short stuff. It's hard today because it's windy. But we'll do sort stuff with just the right hand on there only. Well look at that data. Left hand only. Look at that data. Eyes closed. You're trying to get a feel. And then you're also-- Mike puts me through a lot of stuff where you're changing your ground conditions. So you have to learn how to become more stable. We'll do stuff with our heels off the ground.

That changes the surface area, so there's less surface area, right?

The other thing they do too, which is really interesting, is that they try to get the ball to fall right in the middle of the hole. So they'll put a ball in the cup and try to get the ball to come down and land directly on top of it instead of hitting the back of the cup or just going in on the front edge of the cup. The other thing that it measures, which Duff uses a lot, is the rotation of the face back and through.

Opening and then back too?

How much it opens, how much it closes. And you're always trying to get within one degree of the same.

What does a putter do on the back swing approximately? Five?

Well, if you're square to the path-- in other words, the face will obviously be open to the target-- but if you're square to the path on a normal 10-foot putt, it would be about 4 and 1/2 degrees open on the back stroke. So you're trying to get 4 and 1/2 degrees closed on the down stroke.

And then you want to go exact opposite, right?

Yeah. You want to try to get back to zero.

And what do you do on that portion? Are you pretty good at that?

Yeah, I'm pretty square. I've got a centered faced-- or a center shafted putter, which is going to have less.

So you did you took that out with that. Like, if I hang my putter--

You got big hang.

I'm hanging 45. You're hanging zero.

I'm hanging zero. You're going to have a little bit because you're on an inclined plane. You're straight up and down obviously. You could go, like, we were talking grandfather clock. You can go square to square. Zero, zero.

But nobody does that though, right?

He's not really talking about putting like a pendulum. In other words, not like fixing this point up and just swinging it like a pendulum. He's not talking about that. He's talking about how the rhythm is the same as a pendulum.

I see. The 2 to 1 ratio, is that embedded in here now? In here?

Not quite.

Not quite?

Getting there though. This has been about four or five months. October I started. So, you know, we're almost in April. So it's been about five months. Taken some time. I putted really good on the West Coast. The last month or so, I've been pretty good. But maybe not as good as that. But I've seen big improvements inside of, like, five feet and four to eight feet. And until the last round in Mexico, I saw a really big improvement on less three putts.