Amazing what an exam will turn up.
For Minjee Lee, first-round co-leader at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, it started with a physical for the Olympics.
“Before Christmas, I got my eyes checked for the Olympics because we had to do a medical screening,” Lee said. “So, yeah, I’m wearing contacts now, and I have glasses at home when I don’t wear contacts.”
Just like that, she can see subtle breaks, which means she makes more putts and hits her lag putts closer, which take pressure off of her long game.
“The optometrist said two years it’s been deteriorating,” Lee said. “She said my brain was just so used to it. I was like, ‘OK.’ But now I can see really, really clearly.”
Lee isn’t the only player who is finding renewed confidence because of better eyesight. Luke List, a 31-year-old journeyman who has bounced back and forth between the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, primarily because of poor putting, already has had two top-10s this year and is in the top 50 in scoring average.
The difference? He had Lasik eye surgery in the offseason. According to his grandfather, Bob Brown, List’s eyesight was so bad it’s a wonder he ever made anything.
So, perhaps the best short-game advice you could receive is: Get your eyes checked. For two tour players, it’s made a world of difference.
VIDEO: Following the first round of the 2016 HSBC Women’s Champions on March 3, Minjee Lee spoke of her deteriorating eyesight.