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How Jordan Spieth is advised ‘no’ by caddie Michael Greller


Jordan Spieth, Michael Greller

Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller final week on the Pebble Seaside Professional-Am.

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Jordan Spieth needed driver, Michael Greller needed 3-wood — after which the funniest factor occurred.

Historical past was made.   

Spieth agreed. 

Throughout this yr’s Sentry occasion, he walked again to his bag, put down his choose and pulled out Greller’s. 

“That was the primary time I keep in mind truly switching what I used to be doing due to Mike, what he mentioned,” Spieth mentioned.  

First time?

“First time shortly the place I truly switched.”

Greller was spot on, too. He’d thought a 3-wood-hybrid combo would make the perfect play for his boss — and Spieth proceeded to hit each and make birdie. The story, although, was not meant to highlight Greller’s accuracy, or Spieth’s potential mis-read. As a substitute, there’s a sure dynamic to Spieth, and there’s Greller’s function in that. They had been explaining it final week on a video with the gang from No Laying Up — and you may and may watch the complete video right here — after this query to Greller from NLU’s Chris Solomon: 

While you disagree with one thing on the golf course, how do you talk that?

For those who perceive Spieth, you perceive the purpose of that query. On the video, Greller summed it up effectively. Caddies need their gamers assured over pictures, and confidence comes from not feeling doubt. However then there’s additionally Spieth. And his proclivity for the preposterous. Which makes telling Spieth no …

“It’s difficult,” Greller mentioned on the video. “Jordan believes most likely greater than any golfer on the earth that he can pull off any shot.” 

“Very a lot to a fault,” Spieth mentioned. 


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Certainly. Google ‘Jordan Spieth loopy shot’ and take a look. However again to Solomon’s query. How do you handle that?

Spieth and Greller have their methods, although it’s adjusted through the years. It made for an fascinating look into maybe essentially the most well-known player-caddie duo on the PGA Tour. 

For some time, Greller mentioned on the video, he bought “vetoes.” To make it efficient, Greller thought he’d get one. 

“However Jordan gave me limitless vetoes,” Greller mentioned. “So …” 

“Like limitless PTO,” Solomon mentioned. “It’s not likely extra useful. I’m not going to acknowledge it.” 

“I feel after I bought to my fifth-straight veto and he re-vetoed me,” Greller mentioned, “we went away from the vetoes.”

A stoplight system was subsequent. Although, there, they ignored the inexperienced gentle.  

And Greller additionally appeared caught on the center shade. 

“At one level, we went to, like, yellow-light, red-light system,” Spieth mentioned on the video. “After which type of bought fairly yellow. … He’d be like, I feel it is a yellow gentle; I feel it’s best to most likely give it some thought. 

“Or that is purple gentle. It was actually a purple gentle factor.”

That was scrapped too. (Notably, after a query from NLU’s Todd Schuster, there was actually just one gentle in play when Spieth was out of rivalry come Sunday.)  


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Their present system, Spieth felt, is the perfect, although. 

Numbers. On the video, he gave an instance. 

“So if I’ve 170,” Spieth mentioned, “however I’ve a 7-iron out, he’s pondering your 7-iron goes [1]85, not [1]90, no matter, relying on the temperature. He’s going to be like, whoa, whoa, whoa. But when I’m like, we’re saying this shot performs 170, then he’s bought to belief that I’m hitting a 170 7-iron. 

“And that’s simply been a method higher system.”

However again to the Kapalua story, from the beginning of this piece. 

There was a bit extra there. Greller had satisfied Spieth, and the participant additionally had a considered that.  

“I’m like, Michael — what did I say?” Spieth requested on the video.

“I’d be lobbyist,” Greller mentioned.  

“Yeah,” Spieth mentioned. “No, I mentioned, that’s some good lobbying.”

Editor’s word: To observe the complete No Laying Up video with Spieth and Greller, please click on right here. Or scroll under.     

Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s chargeable for enhancing, writing and growing tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and consuming a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You may attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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