One of the best stories in golf this year is that of young Jordan Spieth, the guy who Thursday qualified into the Monday qualifier of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. He missed the cut, but nobody remembers that anymore.
What they do remember is the win at the John Deere, getting into the British Open, finishing T2 in the Tour Championship and getting picked to the Presidents Cup among the most notable. Altogether, 1 win, 3 2nds and 5 more top 10s. Not possible, but he did it.
One of the people who made that possible is his coach, Cameron McCormick, who has been coaching Spieth since he was 12 years old.
Gary Van Sickle, writing at Golf.com, takes us though McCormick’s introduction to Spieth and the laissez faire approach he used with him once he realized just how much natural talent he had. He shares a couple of vignettes about how McCormick discovered that. And so he was smart enough to focus Spieth on playing, hitting shots to targets, rather than obsessing over producing a perfect swing.
His article is, “Q&A with Cameron McCormick: The coach behind the phenomenal rise of Jordan Spieth,” and it does a good job of not only allowing us to peek behind the curtain, but to get inside the mind of a high-level coach working with a high-level player.
It’s a great read.