After the 2011 Masters, Martin Kaymer – formerly No. 1 in the world – decided to make a swing change with the help of coach Gunter Kessler.
Nearly three years later, the change is complete.
“I thought it would take four or five months,” Kaymer said. “After about a year, I was six months over (what he expected) and I wasn’t even close.”
Kaymer said he made the decision because he felt his potential was limited by hitting only a fade off the tee. To succeed long term, Kaymer wanted to be able to work the ball both ways. Now, he says, he can do it.
“I can hit any shape shot now,” Kaymer said. “Before, I could only hit a fade. It was a very safe, secure swing but you have to hit different tee shots out here.
“I’m a lot better than I was two or three years ago. I feel more confident.”
Because he’s spent so much time working on his full swing, Kaymer said his putting has suffered. It’s his next area of attention.
In the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship, Kaymer eagled the par-5 seventh then holed a 67-yard pitch shot for an eagle at the par-4 eighth on his way to a 3-under par 69.
“I told my caddie to keep the ball,” Kaymer said. “I’ve never done that before. It’s very rare.”