Jason Dufner & Chuck Cook - Blast Golf (Part 3)

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 3).


Are you really measuring yourself, you guys, now on this statistic gain on the field? Is this important? Is it important?

Oh, yeah.

That's a real important stroke. That's a real important stroke.

It's the big analytical thing. I think it helps.

Explain it to us, what it means.

I'm not really sure what it means.

Well, what it is is a guy named Mark Brody who invented the strokes game method of measuring your performance. And so what it does is he has all of the stats from the time they started with shot length. So he knows that from--

A tour player who plays that round, he has this many.

From nine feet, let's say it's 50-50. OK?


So let's say you miss a putt from nine feet. You lose a half a stroke to the field.

To the rest of the tour players.

To the rest of everybody in that field.


And then in the next-- let's say you make a nine-footer. Then you gain a half a stroke on the field.


And so obviously, the farther away it gets, the less the percentage. So if you miss a 30-footer, you might only lose 1/10 of 1%.


If you make a 30-footer, you would gain almost a full stroke on the field.

I think the relative point to me, even though I didn't play in that era, would be if you're gaining strokes on the field, you're gaining money.

100%. 100%.

And if you're losing strokes on the field, you're losing money.

No question.

Is that true?



That's really all it means.

Yeah, absolutely.

If you're beating everybody in the field at something, you're making cash.



And the ideal is to make that part as good as his long game, where he has positive strokes gained in every category, basically.

In every category. I think one thing I liked about this most is it wasn't super technical for me. It wasn't like, oh, the putter's too inside. The face is doing this. It wasn't like I had to feel like I was manipulating to get the putter to do something. It was more natural.

It was just like, get in a really nice athletic-- you know, you see a lot of baseball players' knees are flexed, almost like they're sitting in a chair, spine straight. They're athletic. They're ready to move. They're ready to go, but they're centered. And then to focus on just moving that small torso part, it just freed me up a lot because it was so simple. And then--

And you've got a distinct plan when you go to the green, right?

Right. And it's a distinct plan. And then also, we're so good at acquiring targets that it freed me up on my reads. I would just say, OK, it's center, or it's a cup out, or it's somewhere outside the right. And I don't have to be so locked in on everything being perfect. And it makes me feel like I'm more of an athlete playing golf, and I'm reacting and doing what my body can already do.