Throughout the season, Canadian golf stars Adam Hadwin, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet will check in with Globalnews.ca to provide readers with candid insights as they compete on the PGA Tour.
When I started the year I hoped 2016 would kick off differently than other years. Since I returned to the PGA Tour, I’ve always struggled to play well during the swing of tournaments on the west coast. And this year I have a bit more going on as I change from a long putter to a conventional one and my situation when it came to playing in Arizona and California would be different. In retrospect, I might have been too optimistic.

After all, I’m learning a whole new set of muscles and how to use the new putter. That said I try to take some positives from it and I think I benefited from working through my putting at tournaments I normally don’t play well in. The funny thing is that I actually feel like those courses should suit my game. There’s no reason to my way of thinking I don’t play well on the west coast. However, I’m a player who has to make mistakes to figure it out and get it right. I believe that at the start of the year I’m shaking off some rust and it takes time for me to find a rhythm. Perhaps that’s why I play well in Florida—I’ve worked out my mistakes in the first month or two. But if I knew what the problem was, I’d obviously fix it.

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